Dr Rachel Chalmers - Unsatisfactory professional conduct not proven

23 Aug 2018

The Health Care Complaints Commission prosecuted a complaint against Dr Rachel Chalmers, a specialist physician, before a Medical Professional Standards Committee, in relation to her care of a patient who received treatment at Armidale Rural Referral Hospital some weeks after hand surgery. The patient was brought to the hospital by ambulance in the early hours of 20 June 2014 complaining of shoulder pain radiating to his chest.  Later that morning, Dr Chalmers reviewed the patient, prescribed pain medication and ordered further tests. Later that afternoon, Dr Chalmers conducted another review and commenced antibiotics.

The complaint included allegations regarding the assessment during the morning review, the timing of antibiotics at the afternoon review, the pain management and the record keeping.

Whilst Dr Chalmers made a number of admissions in relation to the complaint, the Committee was satisified that the actions and/or conduct was appropriate in the circumstances or there were acceptable alternative explanations for her care and treatment decisions.

On 10 August 2018, the Professional Standards Committee did not find Dr Chalmers guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct.

A copy of the decision may be found here.

Further Information

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