A NURSE at the £600-a-night Priory clinic has admitted to sharing a bed, bikini waxes and foreign holidays with a patient.
Janet Wilma Toy is set to be struck off over her “destructive” three-year friendship with a patient at the private clinic, who was being treated for severe depression and an eating disorder.
Ms Toy, from Carluke, South Lanarkshire, has also admitted going shopping with the woman on numerous occasions and advising her to leave the Priory, against the advice of medics.
The 43-year-old, who concedes she is unfit to practice, has admitted 13 of the 44 charges against her.
Ms Toy did not attend the hearing of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which said it was treating the remaining 31 charges as denied.
These include a claim that Ms Toy referred to the hospital, whose patients include troubled celebrities, as the “nut hut”.
Ms Toy sent the NMC a letter in which she said she was suffering from ill health but wished “for this to be dealt with now”.
The hearing in Edinburgh heard this week from the patient, who gave evidence from behind a screen and was referred to as “Patient A”.
The woman revealed she had kept a diary of events around the time of the friendship, which lasted from 2004 to 2007.
Questioned by the NMC’s case presenter, Deborah Baljit, Patient A said she was initially scared of Ms Toy, but soon formed a bond with the night shift nurse.
She said: “Shortly after my admission I met a nurse called Janet Wilma Toy, who I knew as Wilma.
“I decided to be nice to her, she was always very nice to me during my time at the Priory,” she told the hearing.
“She spent a lot of time with me during nightshifts. When I asked her for a hug she would always come and give me one.”
She added: “Around this time Wilma gave me her email address. She would often send me emails.
“I remember I found this a bit unusual at the time but Wilma always made me feel wanted and special.”
The pair kept in touch after Patient A was discharged in February 2005.
Patient A said she and Ms Toy had several holidays together and that the alcohol flowed.
She said: “I paid for the flights for us to go to Spain and Wilma did not give me money for this.
“I thought this was unusual but I thought things might be different at the Priory.
“She would get very drunk and expect me to drink with her.
“I could not drink as much as her and would often pour drinks on the floor when she was not looking.”
She added: “When we were on holiday we used to sleep in the same bed. However there was nothing sexual about it.”
On a trip to Egypt, Patient A had to take her bikini top off for a massage. “Wilma suggested that she come with me when I had my massage,” she said. “Looking back I realize this was quite inappropriate.
“When we were in Turkey Wilma suggested we I should sunbathe topless and she should do the same.”
The hearing was also told that Ms Toy began staying over at Patient A’s house, which was close to the Priory.
“I lived about 20 minutes away from the Priory,” she said. “Whereas her house was about an hour away.
“Therefore, she came over to sleep in my house.
“Wilma also gave me instructions on what I should do when she was coming over. She told me to buy an electric blanket.
“Wilma would also text me to make sure her pyjamas were warm and the blanket was warm.
“The texts were written in a jokey way but I took them seriously.”
She continued: “At this point I felt Wilma was quite supportive and she was the only person I trusted in my life. I loved her as a friend.”
In one of the most bizarre incidents, Patient A said she and Toy went together to have a “Hollywood” bikini wax.
She told the hearing: “She said we should get a Holywood wax.
“We each had Holywood waxes in front of each other.”
Patient A also claimed that Ms Toy criticised patients and the Priory.
“She referred to the Priory at the nut hut, which I found offensive, especially as I was a patient there,” she said.
According to Patient A, their relationship broke down in 2007, when she refused to go with to Goa, India.
“She said I had broken her trust by choosing an eating disorder over her,” said Patient A.
“She complained that she had no one to go with. She texted me from India and I remember I found the contents of these massages very upsetting.
“Wilma sent me a card apologising for the messages but I ripped it up and threw it in the bin.
“At this point I found our relationship was destructive and I was angry with her.”
The hearing continues.