Somerset

Hamdon surgery's Helen Woodhead faked prescriptions

The deputy manager of a doctors' surgery who faked prescriptions to get painkillers for herself has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Helen Woodhead used the passwords of colleagues at Hamdon Medical Centre in Somerset to access patient records and make out Codeine prescriptions.

Appearing at Taunton Crown Court, she admitted one charge of fraud.

Woodhead, 48, of Meadow View, East Coker, was given an eight-week sentence suspended for two years.

Judge Michael Parroy told her she indulged in a course of action over a period of time which had "serious consequences" for the practice, her colleagues and herself.

She was also given a two-year probation order and ordered to pay back the £190 cost of the 3,816 tablets.

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