A DOCTOR at the Countess of Chester was caught riding a moped within the hospital grounds having consumed more than three times the legal limit of alcohol.
Bernard O’Flynn, 53, was seen by a security officer on Valley Drive as he skidded and toppled off a Piaggio scooter at 9.30pm on November 5.
As he got back on to the scooter and went towards the staff accommodation, he fell again and became abusive when the security guard offered to help.
The doctor represented himself at Chester Magistrates Court on Friday, November 13.
He said: “I had been unwell and I foolishly had vodka with my tea.”
Prosecuting, Sue Gibson said: “A hospital security guard saw him fall and went to ask if he was injured.
“He noticed that O’Flynn smelled of alcohol.”
He recorded a breath alcohol level of 100 - more than three times the legal limit of 35.
He was fined £1,750 plus £85 costs and £15 victims surcharge and banned from driving for two years.
District Judge Nicholas Sanders said: “You were a real danger to yourself and to others.”
Dr Martin Sedgwick, clinical director at the hospital, issued a statement to reassure patients.
The statement read: “There has never been any question of Dr O’Flynn being under the influence of alcohol whilst at work and there has never been any question of his clinical care. He has provided the Trust with an excellent service on a locum basis since 2005.
“He was off duty at the time of the incident and had not been engaged on clinical care that day.”
Spokesman Stephen Winterson added: “Mr O’Flynn was on a temporary contract and no longer works at the Countess of Chester Hospital.”