Doctor molested woman in locked room, inquiry hears
A WOMAN was left "terrified" and afraid to set foot in a hospital again after she was allegedly locked into a room and kissed and molested by a consultant.
Mother-of-three Teri Chamberlain claimed a consultant anaesthetist at South Tipperary General Hospital invited her to his on-call residence room for a treatment to stop smoking before sexually assaulting her on July 13, 2010.
Dr Hossam Desoky, from Egypt, faces 10 allegations of professional misconduct, or poor professional performance, before a Medical Council fitness-to-practise committee.
These include kissing the patient, calling her on her mobile phone, inviting or allowing her into his private on-call residence room, locking the door and sexually assaulting or molesting her in the room. He denies all allegations.
Ms Chamberlain, who was living in Cahir, Co Tipperary, at the time and attending the hospital for a colonoscopy, said she had trusted the consultant and had been left afraid to enter a hospital.
She said she was "absolutely terrified" after the encounter and "didn't know what to do". "I couldn't sleep or eat," she said. "I lost three stone."
Counsel for Dr Desoky, Jack Hickey, told the inquiry his client denies the allegations of sexual assault or molestation. He admits allowing Ms Chamberlain into his on-call residence, but denies locking the door.
In correspondence ahead of the two-day hearing, Dr Desoky disputed the patient's record of events.
The matter had been reported to gardai, but the Director of Public Prosecutions had decided against proceeding.
Ms Chamberlain told the inquiry that Dr Desoky came to her bedside, pulled the curtain around, kept grabbing her hand and kissed her on the cheek.
Her visitors arrived – her separated husband and her daughter – and the consultant left. She told them what happened and they suggested maybe it was due to "his culture".
Ms Chamberlain said she later received a call from the doctor on her mobile, asking if the visitors had gone as he wanted to check her chest for the anaesthetic.
During the consultation, Ms Chamberlain said he invited her to his on-call residence room for treatment to stop her smoking. After following him, she said he locked the door behind them.
He allegedly grabbed her, pulled her on to the bed and pushed his face on to her chest. She said he kissed her and she screamed.
CCTV footage from a lift showed both Ms Chamberlain and Dr Desoky travelling from the first floor to the second where his on-call residence was located.
After reaching the floor, Ms Chamberlain said the doctor told her to hold the lift while he fetched his coat, but she said he then told her to follow him to the room.
Mr Hickey said his client would say he told the patient to wait in the lift rather than enter his room.
Ms Chamberlain said they returned by the stairs because it seemed the "safe" option after the alleged events and she was "frightened".
She said she told hospital staff, and the hospital night supervisor Kate O'Flaherty said it was the first time such an issue had arose.
The inquiry continues.