Don’t panic, it’s almost certainly nothing. But, er, you should probably get tested for hepatitis B, C and HIV just the same.
So goes the letter from Ottawa Public Health to some 4,600 patients who had minor procedures done at Main Street Family Medical Centre between Dec. 2003 and this past April. That’s when health inspectors, acting on a complaint from a grossed-out member of the public, busted the Stittsville clinic for sloppy equipment sterilization and related bad hygiene.
Among the lapses cited by inspectors:
– No dedicated area/sink for cleaning instruments;
– Medical instruments inconsistently rinsed (instead of cleaning) with tap water or placed directly into container with high level disinfectant without cleaning;
– Some single-use disposable equipment had been repackaged for reuse;
– Storage of food items in medication fridge;
– Urine testing done on the same countertop as medical instrument reprocessing, blood collection, and medication preparation;
– Full urine specimen containers noted in garbage (that’s enough urine!!–ed.)
How discomfiting for all concerned, including the respected team of medical professionals affiliated with Main Street, including Drs. Baldev Sethi, Brien Whalen, Pablo Romera-Sierra, Iain Watson, Judy Peterson and Stephen Evans.
Not to mention my old friend, Dr. John Dimock (Franks passim), who’s also listed at Main Street. One would expect the risk of contamination would be particularly low for patients of the eminent psychiatrist, as the good doctor doesn’t do moles and skin tags, and for good measure was on mandatory vacation from his practice until May 10.
Dr. John, readers will recall, earned a four-month time-out earlier this year from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, got dinged $5,500 in costs, and shanghaied into remedial courses on anger management, workplace boundaries and professional ethics following a number of bizarro incidents and complaints from patients and colleagues.
According to the College, Dr. John, informed of a complaint from a patient o’ colour that two sessions had been largely taken up with the shrink’s free-ranging opinions about Jews, Palestinians, Dr. John’s secretary and Dr. John himself, declared the College was harassing him.
Ordered by the College to take a refresher on professional communication, he took his case to the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board, where he told adjudicators the complainant was a dangerous psychopath, ISIS member and insurance fraudster. The evidence? Er…
“Dr. Dimock’s assertions to the HPARB were false and unfounded,” quoth the College.
Then there was the matter of Dr. John going all Captain Queeg on his colleagues, screaming obscenities at them in front of patients, accusing them of plotting against him, of ratting him out to the College and — and! — of stealing his keys (which he would later find on the floor of his car).
Dr. John insisted his detractors were going behind his back to the college out of professional jealousy, since he was “the best psychiatrist probably in the province of Ontario.” And so say all of us.
After all, from 1990 to 2001, Dr. J. ran a practice in partnership with the renowned Dr. Selwyn Smith, former chair of Associates in Psychiatry, the organization of Royal Ottawa Hospital shrinks.
Dr. Smith was at the time in need of a fresh start, having been sentenced in 1990 to nine months in jail for embezzling $620,000 in Associates’ funds.
Cosmically, in the June 1986 issue of Maclone’s, he had been cited as an expert source in a cover story entitled “Why the Boss Steals: The stunning rise of white collar crime:”
“The white collar criminal usually has a single motivation for breaking the law. The bottom line is usually one of greed,” quoth Dr. Smith. “The individuals in my experience have had excellent work records, come from very good backgrounds and been high achievers.”
All murky water under the bridge, of course. Dr. Smith has since hived off to Australia, and Dr. Dimock’s contretemps with the College mandated a 2014 psychiatric assessment which only reaffirmed his fitness to practice, concluding “he was not suffering from a mental condition that would expose or was likely to expose patients to risk of harm.”
Bring your own Purell.