Search

Whittington doctor found posting pictures of patients’ injuries to Instagram

14:45 25 March 2014

Whittington Hospital has the highest rate of mixed-sex ward breaches in thge country

Whittington Hospital has the highest rate of mixed-sex ward breaches in thge country

© Nigel Sutton

A junior doctor who worked at the Whittington Hospital has admitted breaching patient confidentiality after uploading pictures of patients’ injuries to his Instagram account.

Dr Cemal Kavasogullari took the photographs while working at the Whittington Hospital in Archway and St Bartholomew’s Hospital in central London, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard.

He said he deleted the images after he had shown them to his seniors for legitimate clinical purposes, but realised months later they had been uploaded to an online storage service.

He then posted the pictures, along with others he found in lecture notes and through online searches, to his followers on Instagram along with comments.

On one photo of a former patient’s skin necrosis, he commented: “Could you make art from ugliness?”

On an image of a misshapen ear, he joked: “I can’t hear you!”

He commented “the real Harry Potter” on a snap of a cut forehead and in relation to a finger injury, he remarked: “I said: ‘DO NOT point your finger ever again’. But he did.”

He also commented on an image of a cut wrist: “NHS should provide ‘How to commit suicide effectively!’ courses”, and posted a picture of a patient’s wounded shoulder with the quip: “Doctor’s advice: Don’t try going through a glass door.”

Giving evidence before a fitness to practise panel in Manchester, he said: “I feel terribly sorry and ashamed and I feel that any comment of this nature, under any circumstances or any means from a medical professional or anyone is inappropriate.”

If the panel, chaired by Sheleen McCormack, finds his actions amount to misconduct and his fitness to practise is impaired he could face sanctions on his registration.

The hearing, which is expected to finish on Friday, continues.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

British Transport Police are appealing for witnesses to incident which resulted in a woman falling onto the tracks.

The company has been fined £500,000 after an engineer was injured plunging down a lift shaft at the disused South Kentish Town station.

55 minutes ago

Starting university is something new, big and exciting, whether you are moving to a new city or another country.

Haringey Council agreed to take in 10 families earlier this month, but is now calling for kind-hearted homeowners to find space to host them

A planning appeal for an extra flat in the 130-year-old pub has been dismissed as the inspector said it would make the pub unviable

Yesterday, 22:38

In a deeply moving show of community around 200 Hampstead mums and dads with buggies, friends and family joined our march through central London today for the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Yesterday, 17:00

A driver managed to flip a car on its back near the pavement just by Regent’s Park

Yesterday, 13:07

Read a Hampstead resident’s letter which will be delivered to Downing Street and the Foreign Office by Hampstead parents today to reach the Grand Ayatollah

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now