Sunday 22 October 2017

'Doctor said she cut me in wrong place', woman tells fitness-to-practise inquiry

Doctor Andrea Hermann. Photo: Courtpix
Doctor Andrea Hermann. Photo: Courtpix

Liz Farsaci

A doctor provided sub-standard care to six patients and failed to disclose previous sanctions made against her, a fitness-to-practise inquiry has heard.

A mother told the Medical Council inquiry yesterday that Dr Andrea Hermann told her she "cut her in the wrong place" during a caesarean section.

Dr Hermann, who previously worked as an obstetric and gynaecological registrar at Sligo General Hospital, faces allegations of professional misconduct and poor professional performance, as well as a contravention of a provision of the Medical Practitioners Act 2007.

Dr Hermann is facing a number of clinical claims in relation to the care she provided to six patients who attended Sligo General Hospital between August 2013 and February 2014.

In relation to Patient A, it is alleged that Dr Hermann, who worked at Sligo from July 2013 to May 2014, failed to perform an elective caesarean section with due skill, in that she made an abnormal wound incision during the operation.

In relation to another patient, it is alleged that Dr Hermann failed to establish whether a Mirena coil was still in place during a follow-up appointment. This patient later conceived and miscarried, the inquiry heard.

It is also alleged Dr Hermann failed to tell the Sligo hospital of previous conditions imposed on her by the Medical Council following an earlier fitness-to-practise inquiry in 2010.

Patient A told the inquiry she suspected something was not right when she was still in hospital four days after giving birth. When she was preparing to leave the hospital, a woman at reception "roared" at her to stay. She said Dr Hermann then brought her into a room and, according to Patient A, said: "I cut you in the wrong place."

Patient A said Dr Hermann admitted she had made a mistake and apologised.

Patient A said Dr Hermann said by way of explanation that they were using new drapes - a large piece of fabric placed over the patient with a slit for the incision - during the surgery.

"I was devastated," Patient A said. "I couldn't get my head around how she had made a mistake doing a planned section."

Irish Independent

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