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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Obstetrician faces probe over hysterectomy on woman

By Kevin Keane

A consultant obstetrician has appeared before the Medical Council facing allegations related to a woman who lost the use of one of her kidneys following a hysterectomy.

Dr Patrick Gerard Rafferty, also known as Dr Gerry Rafferty, with a clinic at Mount Carmel private hospital in Dublin, faces four allegations of Professional Misconduct before a fitness to practise committee inquiry.

These include that he carried out a hysterectomy on the patient, Ms Cathy Coyle of Dublin 6, in circumstances where he should have known it would be more appropriate to manage his patient conservatively.

He also faces the allegation that he failed to ensure that further renal imaging was carried out on Ms Coyle following her operation.

Dr Rafferty denies these allegations but the inquiry has heard this morning that he has admitted to the facts of one allegation, that he failed to refer his patient to a urologist following tests which showed Ms Coyle’s kidney was not functioning properly.

The inquiry has heard that Ms Coyle underwent hysterectomy in July 2007 but that complications relating to her ureter, a tube connecting the kidneys to the bladder, went untreated until the following year.

By this time Ms Coyle's left kidney had suffered irreversible damage and had ceased to function.

The hearing is expected to last three days.

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