A mother of three from Melbourne have told The Age that she has visited Croydon Day Surgery in August to have a contraceptive device fitted, and now she has revealed her fears of having caught the hepatitis C virus linked to anesthetist James Latham Peters.
As health authorities recorded nearly 700 calls at the weekend from worried people about their contact with Dr Peters, Sandra Sunkel-Lozell said that she has plan to get a hepatitis C test after realizing that she attended the clinic once where there has been 12 patients who are supposedly infected with a strain of the blood-borne virus.
Even though Dr Peters was not involved in her care, she feared that equipment that was not sterilized was used during her treatment.
I've been told that he was not around the clinic that day, but I still want to go and see my doctor, she said.
Mrs Sunel-Lozell is one of those women who are at risk of contracting hepatitis C after heath authorities discovered that Dr Peters infected 12 patients between 2008 and of last year.
Dr John Carnie, Victoria's chief health officer, said on Friday that the Health Department is now trying to contact the patients who attended the clinic.
Dr Carnie said that he referred the matter to the police in March since it was difficult to imagine how the transmission of the virus had been accidental.
He said health workers are now prioritizing patients who attended the clinic in 2008 and 2009 for testing in order to find out if they have the strain of hepatitis C same as that of Dr. Peters.
A blood test of the virus will yield results within days, but genotyping to see if infection matched that of Dr Peters will take weeks.
A spokeswoman for the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria said that Dr Peters was suspended last February 15.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for Croydon Day Surgery said that they had not received any complaint from Mrs Sunkel-Lozell and that they had excellent reputation when it comes to good care.
Dr Peters is now the main subject of three police, health and board department investigation.
For those who have concerns can contact the Department of Health on 1300 365 677.