KID­NEY DOC’S TRAVELODGE SEX ROMPS WITH WOMAN PA­TIENT In­ti­mate chats and texts led to trysts at ho­tel

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A TOP kid­ney trans­plant doc­tor be­gan an il­licit af­fair with a pa­tient af­ter claim­ing he “couldn’t get her out of his mind’’ when she un­dressed for a med­i­cal, a tri­bunal heard.

Dr Richard Smith, 53, a con­sul­tant in re­nal medicine, fell for the woman af­ter she took off her top when she and her hus­band went to his rooms to ask him to in­spect a rash on her back.

Later, mar­ried Smith used claims of be­ing in an un­happy mar­riage to chat up the flat­tered woman at sub­se­quent meet­ings.

They ex­changed flir­ta­tious text mes­sages be­fore even­tu­ally be­com­ing lovers, book­ing ho­tel rooms across Bri­tain for sex.

The eight-month af­fair came to light when the pa­tient’s hus­band be­came sus­pi­cious af­ter dis­cov­er­ing flight board­ing passes to var­i­ous lo­ca­tions.

It emerged she was un­der the care of the Ox­ford and Cam­bridge ed­u­cated doc­tor at South­mead Hospi­tal in Bris­tol from 2008 but he kept his feel­ings hid­den un­til Fe­bru­ary 2012 when the af­fair be­gan, it was said.

De­spite the es­ca­la­tion of their re­la­tion­ship Dr Smith – an ex­pert in di­a­betes and a univer­sity lec­turer – still car­ried out the con­sul­ta­tions.

Ear­lier the Med­i­cal Prac­ti­tion­ers Tri­bunal Ser­vice in Manchester was told the woman – known as Pa­tient A – was a life­long di­a­betic and un­der­went a kid­ney trans­plant in 2011 which re­quired SE­CRET: Doc­tor Smith and sex ho­tel monthly fol­low-up ap­point­ments.

Coun­sel for the Gen­eral Med­i­cal Coun­cil, Mr Ciaran Rankin said: “Pa­tient A re­counts how she felt the re­la­tion­ship be­tween her­self and the doc­tor changed fol­low­ing a par­tic­u­lar visit she had made in re­la­tion to a rash that had de­vel­oped on her back

“The ap­point­ment, in the com­pany of her hus­band, meant she had to take her top off in front of the doc­tor.”

He went on to say that on a later visit “...he de­scribed to Pa­tient A that he couldn’t get the im­age of her out of his mind, which left her feel­ing flat­tered.”

Things es­ca­lated with in­ti­mate chats which led to kiss­ing.”

Mr Rankin said the pair con­tin­ued to speak on the phone and text, and added: “Over this pe­riod the texts be­came of a more flir­ta­tious na­ture and re­sulted in Pa­tient A book­ing a room at a Travelodge near a shop­ping cen­tre out­side of Bris­tol as the doc­tor said he had the day off.

“This re­sulted in the first sex­ual en­counter. The venue was used for such en­coun­ters two or three other times.”

He said that the two met up in Cardiff, New­cas­tle, Ox­ford and Lon­don – the lat­ter while he was at a med­i­cal con­fer­ence.

Dr Smith ad­mit­ted the sex­ual re­la­tion­ship but he de­nies try­ing to stop Pa­tient A giv­ing an ac­count of their af­fair dur­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion. His con­tract with the NHS Trust was ter­mi­nated in May 2013.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues.

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