Former Church Langley GP pleads guilty to forging prescription

Crime / Sat 8th Jan 2022 at 08:13am

A FORMER Church Langley GP has pleaded guilty to forging a prescription.

Dr Nathan Sandles, aged 39, of Hodgson Way, Gilston, Harlow appeared at Chelmsford magistrates court on December 20th, 2021.

He pled guilty to the following.

Between February 21st, 2020 and July 24th, 2020 at Harlow used an instrument for a scheduled drug namely a prescription, which was and which you knew or believed to be false, with the intention of inducing two named persons to accept it as genuine and by reason of so accepting it to do or not to do some act to his own or another person’s prejudice, by obtaining controlled drugs for his own use, whilst using another persons details.

Contrary to sections 3 and 6 of the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981. ASN/Seq No.:

Sandles is scheduled to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court for sentencing on January 17th, 2022.

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20 Comments for Former Church Langley GP pleads guilty to forging prescription:

2022-01-08 11:39:11

Dr Sandles is an excellent doctor who gave 110% for his patients. Perhaps the whole system of doctors should support doctors more or have system or someone that they can go to if they are not coping or struggling. If we lose Dr Sandles it will be a shame on the doctoring system as he was such a good doctor.

Pauline S
2022-01-08 11:44:31

We had heard of this but barely wanted to believe it - now we know it was true. What a shame for Church Langley Medical Practice who appear to have had many difficulties over the last two years and still short of Drs.

2022-01-08 11:47:21

Perhaps you should attend Chelmsford court and see if you can speak on his behalf prior to sentencing - May have to get there before court opens or speak to surgery to try n get hold of his solicitor to leave them a statement to help him

2022-01-08 11:50:19

Please bear in Mind before you judge Dr Sandles, we were going through a Pandemic and it was strange and scary times which affected everyone.

2022-01-08 12:23:51

Agree with these comments - let's think about mental struggles here and not demonise him. He needs help, I hope the court see this. I hope he recovers.

Dave Marshall
2022-01-08 13:18:52

I am shocked to hear this as a Church Langley resident as I live here. Doctors are the pillar of society we look towards at times when we are at our most vulnerable. If a doctor can willingly commit fraud to obtain dangerous controlled drugs, what else could they do? Didn’t Harold Shipman fraudulently obtain morphine on the behalf of his patients and look what he did. Forgive them and it’s a slippery slope. I’ve never been in front of now Mr Sanford rather than Dr Sanford and I am glad I haven’t. That’s what the purpose of the law is to make clear what people can and cannot do and that should include people in very influential positions over our lives..

Yvonne Taylor
2022-01-08 14:40:26

Dr Sandles is an exceptional doctor. He was very caring and kind when I was very poorly and he actually listened to me and really helped me in my recovery and I am so very sorry to be reading this. He was obviously unwell himself and it saddens me that none of the other medical staff he worked with could see this and help him when he needed it. He has done wrong and he will pay the price but Harlow has lost a very good GP who really cared about his patients.

2022-01-08 17:25:34

Dr Sandles is a truly wonderful doctor. He was the one who really supported me through a very bad episode of my MH. He cared, actually listened and understood. I was devastated when I heard he had been suspended. I'm not as eager to go to the doctors now, as don't feel as comfortable and feel rushed by other doctors at the surgery. Dr Sandles had been there for 3 years for me, best doctor I've ever had. I know he struggled himself, the surgery should had supported him!!

2022-01-08 18:26:42

Dr Sandles was the best doctor that I have ever had, I have not even. Been able to see another doctor as good as him it’s such a shame as he was so caring and understanding and would always do his best for his patients so sad that he may of needed support himself

2022-01-08 21:17:36

Brilliant doc what ever he did he helped my daughter grandson and son in law he listend and was very caring best doc I know it’s a terrible shame we all make mistakes I hope he can move on from this

2022-01-08 23:16:02

I am a nurse and worked with Dr Sandles on many occasions. He is a caring and compassionate man and exceptional Dr. He would help me manage patients and went above and beyond to make sure our patients had what they needed in sad times. Mental health is a major issue especially in these times since covid arriving, it has turned peoples lives upside down in some cases and brought such sadness and heartache. When you work in this line of work illnesses and difficulties surround you. When fundamentally all you want to do is care for others and you don’t have the resources or support to manage the workload, it’s enough to break you in mind and soul. Feeling responsible to deliver the best care in these times has hit health care staff hard. Unless you have been through it and walked in our shoes you can not fully understand. I hope he has had the love and support that he showed so many others, and is getting better. Thank you Dr Sandles for everything you done for us and I wish you well as I know many others do also.

2022-01-08 23:37:18

All these lovely positive comments about the doctor, could they not be given to his solicitor, it could help his case. It sounds as if he was owed a duty of care, where was his practice when he was struggling.

Carly Brace
2022-01-09 09:49:17

I am also shocked and sad to hear this. He is such a compassionate, empathic and caring doctor and always one I was thankful for when seeing or treating my children. He was always so patient and understanding when seeing my son who is on the Autistic spectrum and never made us feel rushed or uncomfortable. I would hope that comments on here could make a different as although this has happened it would be such a shame to lose him as a doctor.

Christine Hill
2022-01-09 11:15:38

Dr Sandals was and is a fantastic doctor, I dread going to the surgery now, there will never be another doctor like him.

Debs P
2022-01-09 13:57:57

Dr Nathan Sandles was my doctor and by far the best I've seen. On the first occasion he asked about my condition (brain tumour) and from that day onwards, he never asked about what I was there for, he knew exactly what prescription I had for seizures. Made me feel so comfortable and at ease. Just before a trip to New York I started to experience plantar fasciitis and he gave me a steroid injection into my foot (ouch) which got me through all the walking we did. I am so sad to read of this, whatever his reasons, he was truly a wonderful and caring doctor who in my experience, put his patients first and didn't let on of his own struggles.

Ellen Downing
2022-01-09 14:31:24

I wholeheartedly agree with the lovely comments about Dr Sandles. He was the best GP i ever had and hope his sentence is short. We all make mistakes and learn from them. I Will remember him for listening, caring and his medical knowledge rather than this hearing.

2022-01-09 22:39:30

Dave Marshall is a wonker. Intentionally misspelt. Do NOT compare this man to Harald Shipman. Dr Sandles wrote himself a prescription as most doctors often do under times or stress and duress. Harald shipman willingly and knowingly took lives. If you see the two as equal then I see a backside and someone as yourself as the same.

john Gale
2022-02-05 23:10:35

Dr Sandles, Was my doctor, & the BEST doctor I Ever had. His care, compassion, courage, communication, and the expertise, clinical and technical knowledge, Was/IS Second to NONE. He will be missed & irreplaceable,

Deborah Wheatley
2022-03-12 09:46:02

I was wondering if Dr Sandles had gone to help elsewhere because of the pandemic and was hoping he would return to the surgery. Then I came across an article for the reason he left. All I can say is he was extremely understanding with my childrens asthma medical conditions, didn't talk down to me like some doctors at Church Langley and was very genuine talking about his own childrens asthma. Such a shame he's gone, not surprised he wrote himself prescriptions, whenever I saw him he literally was running from one patient to another probably needed a boost 🙄. The doctors that are left are so bad, I've been mis diagnosed countless times and am now going to change surgeries.

Julie Wilson
2022-05-17 07:41:56

I have just come across this web site and am very saddened to read about Dr Nathan Sandles. He was my Dr during the pandamedic and he shielded me throughout this terrible time. I wholeheartedly agree that he is an amazing, caring, patient, Dr and I will never forget the kindness and support he gave me throughout covid. I am so sorry that he didn't get the same help and support that he needed and many medical staff during those very tough times. I can only praise all the staff at Church Langley Medical Centre they were so kind and patient. I hope they were compassionate with Dr Sandles and treated him with the respect and help he so deserves. Wish you all the best in the future, at Harlow we have lost a wonderful Dr.

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