Operating department practitioner Sian Lindop has been struck off the HCPC Register after being under the influence of alcohol whist on duty at Spire Southampton Hospital.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard evidence from four witnesses including a trainee Support Worker who said on the 24 April 2015 Mrs Lindop repeatedly left her unsupervised in theatre to search for her water bottle. She also described that she had smelt alcohol on Mrs Lindop’s breath in the gowning area after the surgery had finished.
The Panel further heard from Witness 3 who had been working alongside Mrs Lindop on 27 April 2015 and described her behaviour in theatre as hyperactive, inappropriate and as acting out of character.
Panel Chair Debbie Hill commented:
“The Panel was of the view that, in the absence of any engagement with the HCPC during the course of these proceedings, it had no evidence of any insight on the part of the Registrant, in particular in respect of whether or not she recognised or acknowledged the potential risks that her behaviour posed to patients, or the adverse effect such behaviour would have on the profession.”
The Panel concluded that the interests of protecting the public and upholding confidence in the profession outweighed the individual needs of the registrant.
The Panel directed to strike the name of Sian Lindop from the HCPC Register.
Mrs Sian Lindop was not present and not represented at the hearing.