Allergy test patient 'collapsed'

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A WOMAN yesterday told of her shock at seeing a fellow-patient collapse after a doctor injected him with coffee in an allergy treatment session.

The incident happened during tests conducted by Dr Keith Mumby at the Colthorpe Hotel, Glasgow, on 7 October 1990.

Elizabeth Reid, from Dunbar, a head teacher, told the General Medical Council's professional conduct committee how she witnessed Ian Royan, a plumber, 'going into a fair degree of muscular spasm'. Miss Reid said: 'Another lady patient . . . started to massage the back of his neck and held him in the chair and then he slumped forward.' Mr Royan, who earlier claimed he blacked out during the treatment, had to be laid out on the floor to recover.

Dr Mumby, 45, of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester, denies four charges of serious professional misconduct. The hearing is expected to be concluded today.