Colon cancer missed following colonoscopies in Wexford General Hospital
The Health Service Executive (HSE) has published a final report on the management of patient safety incidents involving BowelScreen and symptomatic colonoscopy services at Wexford General Hospital. The patient safety incidents relate to the work of one Consultant Endoscopist (referred to as Clinician Y in the report) who worked at Wexford General Hospital since the screening programme commenced in March 2013.
The report finds that 13 patients were misdiagnosed following a first screening colonoscopy which were performed by Clinician Y during the period from 5th March 2013 to 7th November 2014. The report concludes by saying that it found “a higher than acceptable rate of interval cancer in the cohort of patients screened by Clinician Y. The report makes a total of 10 recommendations and it is hoped that such recommendations are implemented forthwith”.
Patients and their GPs were written to advising them of the recall and inviting them to attend for a repeat colonoscopy/OPD appointment in advance of public communication of the incidents.
The patients whose cases were reviewed did receive open disclosure by the hospital and were informed of the recall and were invited to attend a meeting with staff at Wexford General Hospital in order to discuss the cancer misdiagnoses.
Our medical negligence team are experienced in representing patients and families who have been affected by cancer misdiagnoses. We are currently acting for individuals who have been misdiagnosed and these cases involve a number of hospitals both in Dublin and nationwide, to include Wexford General Hospital.
The implications of a misdiagnosis of cancer are devastating for both patients and their families. All the literature indicates that early diagnosis, resulting in early intervention and treatment is essential in order to increase one’s chance of recovery from cancer.
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