A male nurse accused of accessing an obscene image on his work computer has told a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel that it was an accident.
Dennis Griffiths, 32, found the image “funny” and called over a female colleague to see it, but she was “shocked” by what she regarded as an inappropriate and offensive image, the panel heard.
The NMC conduct and competence committee also heard that another female colleague was confronted by the same image when she logged on to her work computer two days later and needed counselling as what she saw made her “sick to her stomach”.
Mr Griffiths, of Kingswinford, West Midlands, was working at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley when the incident took place in July 2007.
He denies accessing an obscene and/or indecent image on a work computer and failing to take appropriate action to protect colleagues, visitors and patients being exposed to the image.
Mr Griffiths was suspended soon after the incident happened but it was not referred to NMC investigations until almost a year later.
The Cardiff hearing is scheduled to run until Thursday.