Woman accused of humiliating hospital colleagues with lewd sexual messages on Facebook

Laura Turner is accused of sending lewd messages to colleagues at the University Hospital of North Durham.

Laura Turner is accused of sending lewd messages to colleagues at the University Hospital of North Durham.

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A hospital radiographer “humiliated” and “degraded” her colleagues by posting sexually offensive comments about them on Facebook, a tribunal heard today.

Laura Turner allegedly sent a series of lewd messages to one of her co-workers about their colleagues at University Hospital North Durham.

She was suspended after the comments were shared in March 2014, a Health and Care Professionals Council misconduct tribunal was told.

Ms Turner is also accused of taking photographs with confidential patient information showing in the background and sharing them on Facebook.

Her line manager Judith Allen told the hearing that the messages were “humiliating” and “degrading”.

“They (the victims) were absolutely humiliated and found it absolutely degrading,” she added.

“The rest of the department was absolutely shocked at the content and shocked at the unprofessional behaviour.

“It sent a wave of shock around the rest of the Trust. There was general disbelief.”

Ms Turner, who did not attend the hearing in Kennington, South London, previously claimed she was “easily led” and said a colleague “told me what to write”.

She added that she is “disgusted with myself”.

Ms Allen told the hearing Ms Turner was “immature” and added: “She didn’t strike me as someone who would be easily led, she was someone with her own opinion and mindset.”

She said Ms Turner was “blase” when she was suspended.

Hannah Eales, presenting the case for the HCPC, said: “Mrs Turner was well out of mentorship and experienced.

“This behaviour falls short of what would be proper in the circumstances.

“The role of a radiographer is one of responsibility and being accountable and responsible for your own actions.”

She said it was “concerning” that photographs showing an x-ray image and whiteboard with notes about patients and staff in the background had been shared online.

Ms Eales told the hearing the Facebook comments had a “devastating” affect on the radiography department.

One of the victims said in a statement that she was “angry” and “in disbelief” and “went to have a little cry” after the incident.

Turner allegedly told one of her colleagues: “Whoops, I was just joking” after she was confronted about the “sexually explicit” messages.

She accepted writing and sending the comments during an interview as part of an internal investigation, the hearing was told.

Turner was dismissed from her role at the University Hospital of North Durham in June last year.