HSE sus­pect scan re­view at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Kerry near­ing com­ple­tion af­ter four months

The Kerryman (South Kerry Edition) - - NEWS - SI­MON BROUDER

THE re­view of sus­pect scans at Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal Kerry is nearly fin­ished, with just over 95 per cent of images now re­viewed.

To date, 256 pa­tients have been re­called for new scans and 10 missed di­ag­noses – at least seven of which in­volve Can­cer and one of which is un­der­stood to be in­op­er­a­ble – have been iden­ti­fied.

Since last Oc­to­ber a team of 10 con­sul­tant ra­di­ol­o­gists have been work­ing on the re­view which in­volves a com­plete recheck of ev­ery scan ex­am­ined by a locum ra­di­ol­o­gist who worked at the hos­pi­tal from March 2016 to July 2017.

The re­view in­volves a recheck of 46,235 in­di­vid­ual scans in­clud­ing x-rays, scans and ul­tra­sounds re­lat­ing to 26,756 in­di­vid­ual pa­tients, the ma­jor­ity of whom live in Kerry.

Ac­cord­ing to the HSE’s South/South West Hos­pi­tal Group’s lat­est up­date – is­sued last Thurs­day – 95.16 per cent of the re- view is com­plete with 43,999 images, re­lat­ing to 26,397 pa­tients, now re­viewed.

The cases of just un­der 99 per cent of the af­fected pa­tients in Kerry, Cork and west Lim­er­ick have now been fully re­viewed .

The HSE said the re­view is “al­most com­plete” and the re­view con­tin­ues “to progress sig­nif­i­cantly”. Based on the progress to date it is now ex­pected that the re­view will be con­cluded within the next week to 10 days.

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