Male nurse accused of molesting woman patient

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 11 February, 2012, 12:00am


A male nurse has been arrested on suspicion of indecently assaulting a woman patient during an examination at Prince of Wales Hospital.

The woman, 29, sought attention at the accident and emergency department at the public hospital in Sha Tin on Thursday afternoon.

'It is alleged that the suspect gave her a check-up and molested her during the examination,' a police officer said.

The officer said the woman left without seeking help from police at the hospital. She later talked it over with friends and lodged a complaint at Sha Tin police station that night.

The nurse, 25, was arrested in Tai Wai yesterday. He was being held for questioning last night and no charge had been laid.

'Police are investigating whether there are any other victims who have not reported attacks,' a police spokesman said. Anyone with information should call Sha Tin police station on 2640 5359.

A hospital spokeswoman said: 'The hospital has suspended the duties of the employee involved and will co-operate with police during investigation.'

She said they had not received any similar complaints about the nurse since he began working at the hospital more than a year ago.

Except in emergency situations, female nurses take care of women patients at the hospital, she said, under guidelines issued to all nurses.

In June 2010 a male nurse who molested a woman patient in an isolation room at a public hospital was jailed for eight months. Ng Hon-keung, 28, touched the patient's chest during a bogus lung exam at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei in September 2009.