Review of Roscommon x rays & scans

There is concern this morning throughout County Roscommon at news that a number of X rays taken at Roscommon hospital are under review.

RTE reports that the Health Service Executive has confirmed it has conducted a review of thousands of x-rays and other scans relating to three locum radiologists and seven hospitals including Roscommon.

Several hundred patients have been recalled and one patient at Bantry General Hospital in Cork has been found to have a delayed cancer diagnosis.

The main hospitals concerned are Bantry General, Cavan Monaghan and Kerry General hospitals.

Other hospitals affected to a lesser extent are Our Lady of Lourdes in Drogheda, Wexford General, Roscommon and Connolly Hospital in Dublin.

At Bantry General 4,388 scans were reviewed covering the period from May to September 2013.

Fifty patients were recalled and one delayed diagnosis was identified.

The patient is alive and is being managed.

At Cavan-General Hospital 2,980 scans were reviewed and 62 patients recalled, with no serious adverse events reported.

At Kerry General Hospital, six patients were recalled and no harm events were reported.

Some of the reviews are continuing and the period under examination goes back several years and the radiologists are not working in the HSE anymore.

A number of the radiologists worked in other hospitals for a short period and this is why the review involves more than the three main hospitals.

The problems came to light after concerns were raised by colleagues of the radiologists.

The HSE said it is in contact with all patients requiring recall for follow-up investigations.

It said anyone who has not been contacted by one of the hospitals or their GP has no cause for concern.


(pic shows the proposed new extension to Roscommon Hospital)

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