17-year-old boy caught working as hospital doctor

Teen posing as doctor  
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

(Scroll down for video) Authorities have warned hospital staff to be on the lookout after a 17-year-old boy was caught working as a hospital doctor, according to press reports.

Adelaide hospital staff have been warned to keep an eye out for the teen posing as a doctor, who has been seen doing the rounds wearing robes and a stethoscope.

The child, believed to be 17 years old, but has not been identified, has been seen walking around rooms and reading patient notes in the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Flinders Medical Center in recent months.

SA Health said this week, that hospital staff should try to nab the "fake doctor," who lost his job as a volunteer at St Johns Ambulance due to inappropriate behavior earlier this year.

The note said that the teenager was confident and understood medical terminology, making it difficult to realize that he was not really a doctor.

The young man, wearing a hospital issued lanyard and name tag, also has been seen acting as a doctor and providing first aid to members of the public in Adelaide.

The note said that the teenager has "so far not committed substantive offenses, but he made physical contact with the patient, posing as a doctor, which would be considered criminal assault."

The Australian Health Professional Regulation Authority is investigating and hospital security personnel have been ordered to detain the boy if they catch him.



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