AN AYRSHIRE man is alleged to have been given access to restricted areas at a busy local hospital by falsely pretending to be a surgeon.

It’s claimed that Anthony Brennan managed to gain a staff pass and access to restricted areas at Crosshouse Hospital as a result of the alleged deception.

The 28-year-old – who is also known as Anthony Adams – is alleged to have pretended to staff and patients at the hospital that he was a medical doctor and a qualified surgeon, who was at Crosshouse to ‘perform operations’.

Court papers claim that Mr Brennan managed to induce hospital staff into giving him a set of scrubs and a pass which allowed him to access staff areas at the hospital between April 30 and May 14, 2021.

He has also been accused of “wilfully and falsely” telling another woman that he had been friends with her deceased son, had worked at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, and that, while pretending to be a doctor, he had told the woman that her son’s “medical treatment was flawed”.

The Crown claims that Mr Brennan pretended to the woman that he was able to prescribe drugs, that he was a member of the Children’s Panel, and that he could access her son’s government child trust fund.

He’s also accused of falsely claiming that his mother was a paramedic, and of falsely telling the woman that her son had become a new father before his death.

This charge alleges that Mr Brennan induced the woman to give him access to her home, family and friends, give him attention and even give him a role in her son’s funeral, all between July 3 and October 14 the same year.

Mr Brennan faces a further charge of pretending to two witnesses that he was terminally ill and was receiving palliative care, while knowing that neither was true.

The Crown alleges that this behaviour was an attempt “to evade arrest, prosecution, conviction and sentence for crimes of fraud”, and an attempt to pervert the course of justice.

When the case called at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last week, Mr Brennan was not present and there was no solicitor in court to represent him.

The procurator fiscal depute asked for the case to be continued without plea until next month.

Sheriff Craig Findlater granted the motion and Mr Brennan, of Princes Street, Ardrossan, is due in court to face the charges at a later date.