Hospital scan review nears completion as 204 recalled

The review of suspect scans at University Hospital Kerry is now 88 per cent complete and is expected to be finalised by the end of the month.

The review covers 46,325 scans that were examined by a locum radiologist who was employed at the Tralee hospital from March 2016 to July 2017.

It was prompted by the discovery of three missed diagnoses that were discovered last summer.

In its latest update on the review, the HSE's South/South West Hospital Group said that 40,490 scans relating to 24,049 patients have now been reviewed.

In all 204 patients have, so far, been called back to undergo new or repeat scans.

In ten cases missed or delayed diagnoses have been identified. Seven of these are cancer cases and one is understood to be inoperable.

A total of 26,756 patients in Kerry, west Limerick and Cork have been affected by the review and 90 per cent of the individuals' cases have now been reviewed.

With 88 per cent of the images now rechecked the HSE said it is confident that the review, which commenced last October, will now be complete by the end of February or in early March.