Shrink had sex on hospital floor with vulnerable patient
Published 18/08/2011 | 18:00
A consultant psychiatrist had sex on a hospital floor with a vulnerable patient, a medical inquiry found today.
The woman, named only as Ms A, had come to Dr Steven Lomax with psychological problems, the British General Medical Council (GMC) panel heard.
But on one occasion, he locked the consultation room door and had sex with his patient.
Dr Lomax, who is now retired, was also found to have instigated an almost 13-year "improper emotional and sexual relationship" with the woman.
In her evidence, the patient told how on one occasion in April 1988, the pair drank wine together during a consultation.
On another occasion that month, the psychiatrist was said to have declared his love for her.
The relationship lasted from March 1988 to January 2001, during which time they lived together and split up.
The GMC findings stated: "The panel has accepted Ms A's evidence that the first time Dr Lomax had sexual intercourse with her was whilst she was still his patient."
The consultation room sex took place at the Castel Hospital in Castel, Guernsey, at some point between March and May 1988.
Dr Lomax was working as a consultant in adult psychiatry at the hospital between December 1978 and April 1991, the panel in London heard.
He was found to have told his patient in around June 1988 that he had destroyed any medical records he had written about her.
Dr Lomax's lawyers, RadcliffesLeBrasseur, said in a letter last month that he vehemently denied destroying clinical records.
But the panel found his actions amounted to a breach of trust and were likely to bring the medical profession into disrepute.
Its findings stated: "The panel considers that an essential component of good medical practice is the maintenance of trust between doctors and patients and the need to ensure proper professional relationships at all times.
"Engaging in an improper emotional and sexual relationship with a patient is a fundamental breach of this trust and irretrievably damages the doctor-patient relationship."
The hearing was adjourned to tomorrow, when the panel will consider whether Dr Lomax's fitness to practise is impaired.
The psychiatrist, who recently emigrated to France, was not present or represented at the hearing.
He is said to have retired from all forms of medical practice.