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‘Fake’ Nurse Arrested in Kent

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Police have arrested a ‘fake nurse’ in Kent, after she has been practising for four year without the required qualifications.

From 2006-2010 the woman, aged 46, accessed 1,400 patients, including over 340 women for a cervical smear and over 150 patients, including children, for travel vaccinations. Furthermore, almost 1000 patients saw her for routine vaccinations, most of whom were under 18. Health officials are attempting to contact those who may require repeat smears or further vaccinations.

The ‘nurse’, employed by NHS Kent and Medway, had experience in healthcare but no qualification that allowed her to become a registered nurse, which prompted investigations by Kent and Essex serious crime directorate. She has been released on bail until October.

Rob Vinson, Detective Superintendent stated that there is, “an investigation into a member of staff who worked at some GP surgeries in Medway between August 2006 and September 2010.”

Assistant medical director for NHS Kent and Medway, Dr Caroline Jessel said, “A committee of experts has investigated, looking at the procedures that she undertook in the four practices.

“We have been reassured by all the people that we have interviewed about her competence.”

Dr James Thallon, medical co-director for the trust added, “Our investigations have not found any problems with the work this person has carried out and there is no reason to believe that there has been any harm to anyone’s health.

“As a purely precautionary measure, we have written to some patients individually to invite them to be seen again. Patients can be reassured that if they have not received a letter they do not need to do anything further.”

Patients should call 0345 602 9904 if they have any concerns.

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