A warning has today gone out after a man posing as a doctor managed to get into an elderly patient’s home in the north-east.
NHS Grampian issued the alert to all GP practices in the area following the incident in Oldmeldrum earlier this week.
The stranger – who gave the name “Dr Gordon” – rang the bell of the woman’s home and said he was “just in the area and thought he would pop in”.
He then sat and chatted with the pensioner.
A post on the Banchory Group Practice’s Facebook said: “He was not the lady’s GP, nor was he a GP at her surgery.
“The motive for the incident is not known, as no valuables appeared to be missing, but it is being treated as suspicious nevertheless.
“Please be vigilant and pass onto your friends, family and neighbours that there may be someone in the area attempting to gain access to people’s home falsely claiming to be a GP.”
A police spokeswoman said the incident had not been reported to officers.
A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said today: “We were alerted to this incident earlier this week. We are relieved the patient involved did not come to any harm and no crime appears to have been committed.
“While it appears to be an isolated incident, we shared the details with other practices so they could make their own patients aware.
“We would remind the public that genuine members of NHS staff will always be able to identify themselves and will not be offended if asked to produce identification.”