I was stupid for possessing drugs, doctor admits at hearing

PUBLISHED: 15:53 01 September 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 September 2010

Dr Sam Nightingale

Dr Sam Nightingale

A doctor from St Mary s Hospital caught with drugs at the Glastonbury music festival has received a formal warning. Dr Sam Nightingale, 28, was given a police caution after he was found with ecstasy and marijuana at the festival in 2007. At the time he wo

A doctor from St Mary's Hospital caught with drugs at the Glastonbury music festival has received a formal warning.

Dr Sam Nightingale, 28, was given a police caution after he was found with ecstasy and marijuana at the festival in 2007. At the time he worked in Manchester but has since moved to St Mary's where he works as a neurology registrar.

Appearing before the General Medical Council last week, he admitted: "It was an immensely stupid thing to have done."

At the disciplinary hearing, the GMC issued an official reprimand. The panel told Dr Nightingale his behaviour fell below the high standards required of a doctor and risked bringing the profession into disrepute.

But it said it was a one-off incident unlikely to be repeated.

The doctor was found with the Class A drug and cannabis on June 23 last year. He admitted having used some of the cannabis, but denied taking any ecstasy. He offered to take tests to prove this but they were never carried out.

GMC panel chairwoman Sheleen McCormack said: "You are a young doctor at the start of your career. From the beginning you have been open and honest about the caution and the circumstances surrounding it. You acted on impulse. It was an isolated incident more than a year ago.

"You have not taken or bought any form of illegal drugs before or since and will not do so in the future. Furthermore, it has not been suggested and no evidence has been adduced that your actions put patients at risk."

A spokeswoman for Imperial Trust, which oversees St Mary's Hospital, said they had been informed of the caution when he joined the hospital in August 2007.

"We are satisfied this incident in his private life is behind him and has no impact on the quality of care he provides to patients," she added.

The police caution will remain on his record for five years.

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Yesterday, 23:41

I live in the north west of London in the United Kingdom. Like the rest of the country, I have been looking on in bewilderment at the Brexit deal while politicians on both sides of the house vie for political supremacy. Divisions in government make for good news headlines but do nothing for the public’s confidence in its institutions.

Yesterday, 16:24

Normally we celebrate one business of the week – but today we’ve got three!

Yesterday, 15:17

A Routemaster bus will take 72 passengers on a journey through Greek Cypriot history, via Camden and Holloway, on Sunday.

Yesterday, 12:12

The latest twist in the saga of a Hampstead landlord who refuses to pay a controversial levy saw him bring a top barrister to his court hearing.

Yesterday, 09:48

Opponents of the 100 Avenue Road development suffered a major blow last night as Camden voted through a controversial plan that will funnel seven lorries a day through residential streets in Swiss Cottage.

Thu, 17:35

The families left homeless by the fire that destroyed the upper floors of Willow House in East Finchley last week said Barnet Council treated them “like ants to be squashed” in the immediate aftermath of the fire.

Thu, 12:44

The Temple Fortune community was celebrating on Tuesday after Barnet’s Finchley and Golders Green planning committee unanimously rejected plans to build housing on the old Templars Tennis Club.

Thu, 12:10

Tens of thousands of pounds, weapons and drugs were seized after searching a garage in the Peckwater Estate on Tuesday morning.


Looking to get your child interested in a sport? Allianz Park, home to rugby union team Saracens, welcomes people of all ages to join their family of supporters and discover how their core values Honesty, Discipline, Humility and Work Rate underpin everything they do off and on the pitch.

As part of a major refurb, the London Marriott Hotel Maida Vale has renamed its three new-look function rooms to reflect the geography and rich history of the area. The largest, perfect for weddings and large meetings, is named after a Hampstead subterranean river, The Westbourne.

Londoners seeking high quality houses for sale within easy commuting distance of the capital are being advised to look north to St Albans’ prestigious Gabriel Square development.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now