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Nurse allegedly sexually assaulted patient at Royal Cornwall Hospital

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

A sexual health nurse who worked at the Royal Cornwall Hospital is fighting allegations of serious sexual assault against a patient.

David Fryer, a nurse who now works for Derbyshire Health United, as a clinical shift manager, has admitted having a relationship with the male patient.

He is accused of abusing the man over a period of time when he visited him for appointments, a Nursing and Midwifery Council report said.

He denies the allegations, which are being investigated by the NMC.

The alleged abuse also includes allegations the patient was given an injection which he says was a drug which caused him to either fall asleep or not remember what happened.

The allegations were made to a sexual health counsellor, and the report stated that the counsellor was of the opinion that the complainant was plausible based on his demeanour during two interviews.

The allegations are “of some age”, according to the report.

Mr Fryer worked as a sexual health nurse at the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust, which is where the abuse is alleged to have taken place.

The patient also alleges that Mr Fryer had photographs of young teenage boys on his laptop, taken at a clinic in Cornwall when he was working there, the NMC report said.

Mr Fryer had admitted having an 18-month consensual sexual relationship outside of work with the patient, according to the report.

He told the NMC this began after the clinical relationship with the complainant had finished.

Mr Fryer, told the panel the relationship was an error of judgement. He denied taking pictures of patients and said that he only sourced photographs of sexual health conditions from medical photography and the internet for teaching purposes only.

The report stated that Mr Fryer believes the complainant may have a financial motive for the allegations and said he completely denies them. Mr Fryer alleges the complainant had tried to blackmail him before.

The report says Mr Fryer has been employed for six months by Derbyshire Health United as a clinical shift manager. It says he works in a call centre supervising other staff who speak directly with the public who ring with their health concerns.

The NMC report said Mr Fryer’s Director of Nursing has “no issues” with him working in his role.

Stephen Bateman, chief operating officer for Derbyshire Healthcare United, said: “We would like to reassure the public that Derbyshire Health United has acted in full accordance with the NMC’s direction of how to deal with the matter, by way of the implementation of the NMC interim order of conditions of practice.”

A Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman said it was “taking the allegation very seriously”, but an NMC spokesman stressed “at this point, no allegations against Mr Fryer have been proven”.

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