Mental patient poses as GP at Toowoomba Hospital

A WOMAN with mental health issues had broken into a doctor's rented unit, taken and dressed in medical attire before going to Toowoomba Hospital armed with a knife, it has been claimed.

The Chronicle believes the 34-year-old woman had attended the hospital's Mental Health Unit at the weekend seeking help for her condition but left after being there for some time.

Toowoomba Magistrates Court heard the woman claimed that as she walked away from the hospital, "voices" had told her to break into a residence which, unbeknown to her, was rented by doctors.

Once inside, it is claimed the woman made herself at home, had a cigarette, showered and rearranged some wall photographs around.

A little later, she dressed in some medical attire she found at the residence and after taking a knife from the unit walked back to the hospital.

Outside the hospital she came upon an elderly man at whom she allegedly pointed the knife while asking him for directions to the emergency department.

The woman has been charged with entering a dwelling with intent to commit an offence, possessing a utensil, serious assault of a person over 60 and imposition.

She has not been required to enter any pleas to the charges.

Magistrate Damian Carroll, concerned for her mental status, remanded her in custody on Thursday so a psychiatric assessment of her could be done.

Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service Executive Director Mental Health Ms Shirley Wigan issued a brief response to The Chronicle's inquiries yesterday.

"The Darling Downs Hospital and Health Service can confirm that an incident did take place at the Toowoomba Hospital on the weekend," it read.

"The matter was referred to the police and is now before the courts.

"Therefore we cannot make any further comment."


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