Doctor dating former patient
For other specialty groups a relationship with a former patient may be acceptable depending on factors such as the duration of care provided to the patient, time elapsed since the end of the professional relationship and the degree of dependence and vulnerability of the patient.
Sexual activity with a person close to a patient such as carer, guardian, spouse or child of the patient, or the parent of a child patient is also unprofessional.
To help her manage her condition he emailed her sound files with music he believed she liked and also pictures of art and other subjects.
In reply, the patient opened up and started to discuss her personal life (which in the GP’s rooms would probably have been fine) and asked about his family and other aspects of his personal life.
While Tribunals have recognised that these difficulties do exist, they still expect you to take all reasonable steps to avoid relationships with patients.
You can contact Avant’s Medico-Legal Advisory Service or Avant’s Member Support Service for confidential counselling.Having healthy relationships is a key factor in maintaining your health and wellbeing and this includes having good professional relationships with your patients.