University Hospital Kerry Reviewing Scans

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Health Minister Simon Harris says he’s being kept up to date about the
review of scans and x-rays at University Hospital Kerry.

A helpline opens at 9am this morning for patients worried about scans as it is estimated 46K cat scans, x-rays and ultra sounds are involved in a safety review after complaints by GPs and consultants.

The investigation comes following the notification of three Serious Reportable Events (SREs) over the course of the summer.

Patients could have to wait up to 10 weeks for a review of scans at the Hospital to be completed as they relate to 26K people.

A hospital spokesperson confirmed that of Friday, 18K files had been reviewed and a number of these have resulted in patient call back.

The review process is taking place with independent oversight while it is looking into a portion of radiology investigations carried out between March 2016 and July 2017.

The review is expected to be completed within eight to 10 weeks, according to a spokesperson with the Southwest Hospital Group:

“A clinical co-ordinator has been identified to co-ordinate as necessary with patients, arranging appropriate clinical follow-up. Any patients deemed to require urgent intervention will be immediately contacted before the full audit is complete.”

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