Error by GP sparked severe drug reaction
A DOCTOR who prescribed penicillin for a patient who is allergic to the drug has been found guilty of sub-standard practise.
The blunder by Meir GP Dr Richard Aw triggered such a severe reaction in the woman she needed emergency hospital treatment, a disciplinary tribunal heard.
She told the hearing at the General Medical Council (GMC) in Manchester that Dr Aw was also 'arrogant' during the consultation and appeared 'not bothered' about her even being there.
Dr Aw, pictured below, admitted the mistake which happened in February 2008.
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But the tribunal decided it was an isolated incident and as it fell short of misconduct he was fit to continue to work without restriction.
Dr Aw now works at the Willow Bank practice which moved from Pickford Place into the town's new £11million primary care centre last year.
But at the time of the mistake he was a locum GP switching between a number of city surgeries.
It also emerged last night that as soon as the case came to light, Dr Aw was not allowed to work without a chaperone pending an investigation by health bosses.
The patient told the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service of the GMC she had visited the surgery with a chest infection.
Dr Aw pressed ahead with prescribing the antibiotic despite twice being told she was allergic to penicillin.
A red box also flashed up on computerised medical notes alerting him to the risk.
After taking just one tablet she became so ill she was taken to hospital, the tribunal heard.
It 'found proved' the allegation that the patient had informed the GP of her allergy and that the medical notes available to him recorded her possible sensitivity to the drug. Dr Aw admitted both counts.
In a tribunal lasting several days, the panel also heard from two of the GP's patients who praised his demeanour.
The panel decided not to even issue the medic with a formal warning.
Chairman Gill Mullen told him: "While the error was an isolated one, your conduct departed from standards expected.
"However, we are satisfied you have demonstrated insight into it by undertaking educational courses in an attempt to ensure you do not repeat it.
"You have admitted your error and written to the patient to apologise. You have a previous good history. There is no evidence to suggest repetition has occurred or is likely to occur."
A spokesman for the city's primary care trust said: "Once it came to light we launched an investigation and he was given a chaperone at all times. We also carried out a full assessment of his competency with medications.
"A recent visit to his practice has shown how well thought-of he is."