How should I deal with an amorous patient?

Don't ignore any advances from a patient, as they may assume you don't object. Instead, politely but firmly ask them to stop, making clear that the relationship is strictly professional. You should also make a note of the conversation.

If the patient continues and you decide to end your professional relationship, you should tell them your decision and your reasons, and ensure arrangements are made for their continued care.

Seek immediate advice from the DDU if you have concerns about the behaviour of a patient and log all contact with them.

This page was correct at publication on 21/01/2022. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.