27 June 2016
Scarborough Hospital Patients at Risk Following CT Scan Errors
Hundreds of scans have been re-examined following significant errors at a Yorkshire hospital.
Health bosses have ordered the results of around 600 CT scans reported by a locum doctor to be checked at Scarborough General Hospital in North Yorkshire.
The Sun has reported that an examination of 200 images revealed an error rate of ten per cent in the reporting of results between November and February. This has led to a full review.
Patients have incurred changes to their treatment due to the errors.
An investigation into the incident involving the as-yet-unnamed locum doctor is currently underway, with a review due by the end of the month.
CT – or computerised tomography scans, also known as a CAT scan, is a specialised x-ray that gives a clear picture of the soft tissues inside the body.
Higher risk patients’ scans have been reviewed first. Doctors are being asked to identify any possible risks to patients.
A spokesperson for York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The trust discovered some anomalies in the reporting of some CT scans by a locum consultant radiologist between November 2015 and February 2016.
“As a result, a serious incident investigation has been declared, with a full review of the scans having taken place.
“During the investigation we have established that for the vast majority of patients this has not resulted in the need to change their treatment plans.
“There are a small number of patients that we have recalled to clinic to discuss potential changes to treatment plans.”
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