Montreal doctor allegedly goes missing, abandons 1,500 patients
A Montreal doctor has apparently gone missing, having allegedly abandoned 1,500 patients and his practice as of Oct. 6.
According to the Quebec College of Physicians, Dr. Trevor Wesson did not advise his patients that he was leaving and there has been no word from him since.
The College is asking a Quebec court to impose an injunction to stop Wesson from accessing his patients’ files on online platforms Dossier Santé Québec and Omnimed.
It stated the request is urgent to make sure he is not able to consult the documents during his mysterious absence.
A Montreal police spokesperson said the force is not intervening in the situation.
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The College has also taken on all his dossiers to follow up with multiple patients that the doctor has not gotten in contact with since Aug. 28 in relation to important exams like mammography, blood tests, as well as refilling prescriptions for patients in treatment.
“It goes without saying that these exams lead to results that require an immediate followup to reduce the risk to patients,” the College said.
Wesson has been a member of the College since Jan. 25, 2012, and had been practising medicine at the Novomed clinic at 500 Saint-Jacques St. Ouest in Montreal.
In the court document, the College confirmed that Wesson is still registered as an active member of the order.
It states several patients alerted the College’s investigative department of his absence as “for the last few months, Dr. Wesson’s patients have not been able to obtain an appointment or contact him; messages left on the clinic’s voicemail have gone unanswered.”
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The College said it tried to contact Wesson to no avail and even hired investigator Marc Legault. He found a letter, dated Sept. 20, on the clinic’s door stating that the practice was closed for “urgent reasons for an undetermined period of time.”
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The building owner is apparently looking for Wesson, as the rent has not been paid. Wesson has allegedly also not been seen at his home.
The College could not say if Wesson has any family or if they are looking for him.
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