Hundreds of patients recalled after x-ray errors found
Hundreds of patients from seven Irish hospitals have been recalled after errors were found in the work of three locum radiologists employed by the Health Service Executive.
The Irish Times has reported that at least one patient has had a late cancer diagnosis as a result of the mistakes.
Thousands of X-rays and scans taken by three locum radiologists, who are no longer working in Ireland, have been reviewed. The radiologists have been reported to the Medical Council.
The three locums worked at Kerry General Hospital, Cavan Monaghan Hospital and Bantry General Hospital. The locum who worked in Bantry also worked in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda, Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown, Wexford General Hospital and Roscommon Hospital.
Bantry Hospital is the worst affected where 4,388 scans and X-rays examined between May and September 2013 have been reviewed.
Fifty patients were recalled at the hospital and one patient had a delayed cancer diagnosis.
The HSE became aware of issues with the three locums’ work when medical colleagues raised concerns.
“The HSE is in contact with all patients requiring recall for follow-up investigations so anyone who has not been contacted by the hospital or their GP has no cause for concern,” a HSE spokeswoman said.
In Cavan Monaghan Hospital, 2,980 examinations performed by a locum radiologist had to be re-examined. The hospital recalled 62 patients but none suffered any “serious” adverse outcomes.
At Kerry General, six patients were recalled but the HSE says no “harm events” occurred.
Drogheda and Connolly hospitals are carrying out preliminary audits of one of the locum's work.
Wexford and Roscommon hospitals say they are satisfied no patient safety concerns were identified.