A MEDICAL Council inquiry has heard how a woman who self admitted herself to Beaumont hospital was later discovered to have a melon sized internal growth on her pelvis.
Details of the very rare and potentially fatal condition have been revealed during a fitness to practice inquiry in to the treatment afforded to the woman by Dr Tonya Timmons.
Dr Timmons, who was working as a GP at the Coolock Health Centre at the time, faces a number of allegations of poor professional performance in relation to her treatment of childcare worker Mrs Joanne Kelly on four occasions between August and October 2011.
Mrs Kelly has told the inquiry that she initially attended Dr Timmons because of back pain and was told she was suffering from a suspected urinary tract infection.
However by the time of her third consultation she was suffering from pain in her back and groin, dizziness and weight loss.
Mrs Kelly said that on her fourth visit to Dr Timmons on October 4th, her lips had turned blue, she was having difficulty walking and had fainted a number of times but that Dr Timmons told her she was suffering from sciatica.
Dr Timmons’ counsel, Jane O’Neill BL told the inquiry that her client disputes all the allegations against her and Mrs Kelly’s accounts of the consultations.
She said that if Mrs Kelly had complained of the symptoms she said she had, Mr Timmons would have referred her on for specialist treatment.
Mrs Kelly admitted herself to Beaumont hospital on October 20th where she was eventually diagnosed with an intra-abdominal actinomycosis, a mass on her pelvis, which was blocking her ureter.
The inquiry heard that the infection was very rare but if left untreated would prove fatal.
Ms O’Neill put it to Mrs Kelly that there were a lot of inconsistencies in her evidence and that the medical records from her admission to Beaumont hospital did not support the evidence she gave as to the timing of when her symptoms arose.
Mrs Kelly responded “If I hadn’t had these symptoms I wouldn’t have gone to Dr Timmons.”