Meir GP welcomed back to his practice after disciplinary hearing
PATIENTS have backed their doctor who had to appear before a disciplinary hearing for prescribing penicillin to a woman allergic to the drug.
A Medical Practitioners Tribunal of the General Medical Council decided not to punish Dr Richard Aw, of Willow Bank practice, in Meir.
The panel described the error more than four years ago as a one-off incident which he had admitted and apologised to the patient for.
The woman twice told him of her allergy when he prescribed the antibiotic for a chest infection as he worked as a locum at a different practice in Stoke-on-Trent.
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After taking just one tablet she needed emergency hospital treatment for the reaction to the penicillin.
Last night, Willow Bank business manager Ian Gibson said: "We are looking forward to Dr Aw returning to the practice on October 29 after a short break.
"He is well thought of by the patients who have supported him."
The panel ruled that the blunder had not impaired his fitness to practise and decided against even issuing with a warning after hearing he had taken education courses to prevent a repeat.