AN ANGRY patient visiting her doctor’s surgery in Carlisle yelled racial insults at her GP because he had not prescribed her the antibiotics she wanted.

The city’s Rickergate Magistrates’ Court heard how 36-year-old Susan Welsh, who had been drinking, stormed out of doctor’s consulting room.

She yelled racial insults at the doctor as she left the surgery.

In court, she admitted an offence of using racially aggravated threatening and disorderly behaviour.

Pamela Fee, prosecuting, said that the confrontation happened on June 24 at the Grosvenor House Surgery in Warwick Square, Carlisle.

Welsh claimed that the doctor involved may have misunderstood what she said to him that day because of her sore throat. Staff called police after hearing Welsh shout a racial insult at the doctor.

The defendant, of Garden Street, Carlisle, told magistrates that she was not racist, saying: “I have two coloured nieces so I am far from racist.

“On that particular day, I’d just been told that my mum has terminal cancer. I went out on the drink. I didn’t realise I had an appointment at the doctors until somebody reminded me later on that day.”

She had no recollection of racially abusing the doctor, she said. Nor could she remember arguing with him.

Addressing the defendant, presiding magistrate Mark Travers told her: “One of the aggravating factors was alcohol.

“This was a serious breach of trust with your GP - a public sector worker, doing his job. It’s not an easy job. We can not find very much mitigation on your behalf.”

Magistrates imposed a £120 fine, with a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Mr Travers added: “Please treat our public servants with respect.”