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The Albany Lodge Inpatient Unit nurse, Steven Redford, struck off over sex with patient
A nurse at a mental health unit in St Albans has been struck off after he was found to have had sex with a patient.
Steven Redford, who worked at The Albany Lodge Inpatient Unit, in Church Crescent, was found to be having a sexual relationship with a female patient between January and March 2011.
The case was heard by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) who ruled Mr Redford’s actions as "misconduct".
The woman known as Patient A, a patient with mental health problems, gave evidence during the hearing.
She described how he had begun a relationship with her when she became an inpatient and they only had sex on one occasion towards the end of her stay on the unit.
The panel’s report led by chair Stephen Barker said: "Patient A stated that she only had ‘full sex’ with Mr Redford on one occasion. Although she said that they did ‘everything else’ and although she wanted to go out on a date he just wanted to have sex."
It also alleged that Mr Redmond engaged in "an inappropriate relationship" with Patient A following her discharge from the Unit in March 2011.
Following her discharge the panel heard that Mr Redford accepted that he did meet Patient A for coffee.
He further accepted that he sent text messages to Patient A, including ‘please don’t ever tell anyone about us’, ‘is everything ok?? It’s just unlike you not to reply to my texts? x’, ‘no worries I understand. I’ll just leave it with you. I’m so sorry for coming on strong to you today I just hope it’s not ruined our friendship. I’ll await your text and not bug you. x’.
During the hearing a doctor said he was certain the patient was "not a liar" and the panel accepted Patient A was "an honest, reliable and credible witness who was able to provide detailed and consistent evidence."
Mr Redford did not attend the hearing and did not cross-examine witnesses.
The panel concluded: "Mr Redford’s actions were significant departures from the standards expected of a registered nurse, and are fundamentally incompatible with him remaining on the register.
"The panel was of the view that the findings in this particular case demonstrate that his actions were serious and had a significant detrimental effect on those in his care and to allow him to continue practising would put patients at risk and undermine public confidence in the profession and in the NMC as a regulatory body.
"The panel determined that the appropriate and proportionate sanction is that of a Striking-Off Order."
The period of this order is 18 months.
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