A helpline has been set up for anyone worried about about how the news of charges against a North Devon doctor.

A North Devon District Hospital children’s doctor has been charged over allegedly making indecent images of children.

Former consultant paediatrician, Jonathan Walsh, 46, of Wordsworth Avenue, Barnstaple, has been charged with seven counts of making and distributing indecent images of children.

He is due to appear at North Devon Magistrates’ Court on July 15 at 2pm.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust confirmed Dr Walsh had left his role at NDDH last Wednesday following the charges.

George Thomson, medical director for the trust, said: “It is our understanding that none of these charges relate to contact offences and none of these images relate to patients at NDDH.

“We have set up an information line to support anyone worried about this news and how it may have affected them.”

Anyone concerned can call 0300 123 1744 from 9-7pm weekdays, or with a recorded message at weekends.

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