A PHYSIO told a sobbing colleague to go home ‘eat chocolate and have a s**g’, a hearing was told on Monday.
The Health Professions Council heard that Robyn Wilkinson had allegedly asked a weepy fellow hospital worker if her mum had died or if she had suffered a miscarriage.
Elizabeth Taheri, for the HPC, said Ms Wilkinson left hospital patients in pain and reduced colleagues to tears. Many of the people she treated had suffered a stroke and some were partially paralysed, the panel was told.
Ms Wilkinson faces 28 misconduct allegations between 2007 and 2009, during which time she was working as a team leader at Milton Keynes Hospital.
They relate to deficiencies in communication and clinical reasoning skills, assessment and treatment of patients and one concern relating to confidentiality when Ms Wilkinson is said to have taken home a USB memory stick containing files on patients and the Trust, which she lost and did not report as missing for five days.
Bosses eventually suspended her after a string formal warnings, before she went off sick.
Ms Wilkinson allegedly taunted a tearful locum physiotherapist on October 21, 2009.
Ms Taheri said: “She describes how she became tearful in the presence of Ms Wilkinson and she asked her what was wrong.
“She told her she didn’t want to talk about it but Ms Wilkinson asked her if she was pregnant, had miscarried or whether her mum had died. At the end of the day Ms Wilkinson told her not to come into work the following day if she didn’t feel up to it.
“She told her to have some chocolate and a s**g.”
The hearing was told that on July 17, 2007, Ms Wilkinson subjected a stroke sufferer, referred to as RB, to ‘aggressive and controlling’ treatment leaving him ‘confused and frightened’. The patient was unable to get out of bed without assistance but his wife told how Ms Wilkinson ‘told her husband he needed to get out of bed’.
The patient’s wife revealed how Ms Wilkinson had put his wheelchair four foot away from the washbasin and told him to get up without any support.
Two days later the patient fell during an assessment and injured his knees, the panel heard.
And in February 2009 a colleague observed Ms Wilkinson trying to get a third patient to stand up using an ill-judged technique which emphasised the weak side of his body, the panel heard. When the patient began to slip off the bed, Ms Wilkinson put a mocking hand to her ear and accused the patient of non-compliance, saying: “You’re not listening to what I’m saying. I’m a professional, you’re not.”
The physio is said to have used the same gesture with the family of a another stroke patient.
Ms Wilkinson is also said to have remarked that a fifth stroke patient ‘should be eating ice cream with her partner not wasting it on therapy’.
The hearing continues.