GARDAÍ were called to University Hospital Waterford last Sunday (June 23) following a report of a man doing rounds of the hospital pretending to be a doctor. The Waterford News & Star understands that the man, in his mid-30s, was wearing theatre scrubs, a stethoscope and a pager and had been walking through the wards of the hospital. He had found his way into a staff-only rest room when he was asked by another staff member which department he was working in. The deception was uncovered when he replied “Dialysis”, a department which was closed at the time. The man was held in a waiting room until the guards arrived – at 9am on Sunday morning – who subsequently detained him under the Mental Health Act. It is not yet known whether the man attempted to treat any patients. The Waterford News & Star contacted the South South West Hospital Group for comment but none was received at the time of going to press.