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Eye surgeon struck off medical register

Tue, 17 May 2011

An eye surgeon who worked in the Isle of Man has been struck off by the General Medical Council.

Dr Adolf Poellmann was employed by the Department of Health in 2007 to tackle long waiting lists for cateract operations.

He worked for the health services for a year.

The misconduct charge against him relates to private work he did at the Cosmetic Medical Centre in Douglas.

One patient who was having plastic surgery on her eye lids says Dr Poellmann carried out the operation in a room that wasn't properly equipped.

She says said she was placed in an old dentist's chair and her eye lids weren't marked before the surgery.

During the operation, the woman says she experienced intense pressure and felt like her eye was going to explode.

She was told by Poellmann that she was bleeding but says he did nothing about it.

The fitness to practice panel considered that the doctor took no action over what may have been a very serious complication, which could have led to the patient losing her sight.

The Department of Health says there've been no complaints about Dr Poellmann's work at the hospital here.

Anyone with concerns is asked to contact the manager at Noble's Hospital on 650051.





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