Bogus Medway practice nurse admits fraud
A bogus nurse who carried out vaccinations and cervical smears on more than 1,400 patients in Kent has admitted deception, fraud and forgery.
Denise Stewart, 48, who worked at four GP surgeries in Medway from August 2006 to September 2010, pleaded guilty to eight charges at Maidstone Crown Court.
Stewart, who now lives in Brecon, Powys, was a former healthcare assistant but not a registered nurse.
She was remanded on bail until 6 March to await sentencing.
Kent and Medway NHS offered retests to more than 300 women who had smear tests and additional treatment to more than 1,000 patients who had vaccinations done by Stewart.
She was arrested in 2011.
The trust said at the time it had not found any problems with Stewart's work at surgeries in Chatham and Gillingham and there was no reason to believe there had been any harm to anyone's health.
Kent Police said the GP practices that employed her had no knowledge of any wrongdoing, but patients involved said they were horrified that they had been treated illegally by an unqualified practitioner.
Judge Jeremy Carey told Stewart she had undermined the confidence of patients and he had not yet made up his mind what her sentence would be.
"You were the author of your own wrongdoing and you must take those consequences, whatever they might be," he said.