Paramedic warned over texts to patient

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A paramedic who used patient records to obtain a woman’s phone number has been cautioned by a fitness to practise panel.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service worker Mohammed Saeed sent text messages to a woman he had taken to A&E to find out if her friend was single, the panel heard.

A disciplinary hearing at the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) was told he attended the patient’s home after a 999 call in September 2013.

Mr Saeed, an ambulance worker for over 13 years, took the 20-year-old woman to hospital along with her friend. He then looked at the patient’s records to find her next-of-kin’s phone number and used it to send a text to her mother.

The mother passed the message to her daughter, who texted back to find out who he was. Mr Saeed sent her numerous messages, asking to contact her friend.

But he was caught after the woman told a ward sister what was happening. He was suspended in October 2013 and then dismissed.

Mr Saeed was given a caution which will stay on his record for five years.