Falkirk optometrist Lesley-Anne McCue has been suspended by the General Optical Council (GOC) for 12 months, leaving her unable to practise as an optometrist in the UK during the suspension period.
Ms McCue’s fitness to practise was found to be paired by a GOC Fitness to Practise Committee as a result of misconduct relating to dishonestly in amending patient records.
On deciding to suspend the optometrist, chair of the Fitness to Practise Committee, James Kellock, said: "The committee considered that the dishonest alteration of patient records is a very serious matter. The committee determined this is a significant departure from the standards of conduct and behaviour expected of a registrant and amounts to misconduct."
While confirming that the committee was satisfied that Ms McCue is of previous "good character," and the incident was isolated in a career spanning over 23 years, Mr Kellock added that: "Nevertheless, the committee considered these matters are so serious that the public interest required a finding of impairment to be made in this case."
Ms McCue has until 16 March to appeal against the suspension. However, during this time she is suspended from the register under an immediate order.