Sunday 4 December 2016

Surgeon under investigation as audit raises serious concerns about four patients

Published 18/11/2016 | 15:48

An audit of the surgeon’s work at University Hospital Galway uncovered the concerns after looking at the files of 198 patients.
An audit of the surgeon’s work at University Hospital Galway uncovered the concerns after looking at the files of 198 patients.

Serious concern has emerged about four patients who were operated on by a surgeon in one of the country’s busiest hospitals.

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An audit of the surgeon’s work at University Hospital Galway uncovered the concerns after looking at the files of 198 patients.

The surgeon worked in the hospital from January 2013 to November 2014, according to Radio na Gaeltachta.

Two of the patients have since died.

A spokeswoman for the Saolta University Health Care Group said there has been an independent audit of the spinal surgery procedures carried out by a consultant surgeon at Galway.

This involved an audit by two independent orthopaedic surgeons.

She told Independent.ie:”The consultant surgeon concerned is no longer working in Galway University Hospitals.”

She added:”Galway University Hospital has engaged directly with all of the spinal surgery patients (or their families) whose cases were audited and offered them any services that they may require: this includes, if necessary, an independent clinical review.

“The hospital will continue to engage directly with the patients and families concerned. The hospital has also been in contact with patients’ GPs.

“The independent experts audited all of the relevant spinal surgery cases - 198 cases in total: of that total number, serious concerns were raised in relation to four cases.

“The independent experts did comment on different aspects of the care of some of the other patients and management and clinicians at Galway University Hospitals are meeting patients individually, should they wish, to take them through the external experts’ comments and offering them an independent clinical review. For the vast majority of patients, the independent experts did not raise any significant concerns.”

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