Tuesday, 16 January 2018
Department of Health
949. To ask the Minister for Health the new procedures put in place at University Hospital Kerry after a recall and review of a number of radiology scans at the hospital in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1062/18]
In early September, the HSE advised of a patient safety issue which had been identified in University Hospital Kerry (UHK) involving three cases of misdiagnosis/failure to diagnose. An extensive review is now underway, involving an audit of 46,202 images relating to 26,751 patients. The audit commenced on 23 October 2017 and is expected to be completed shortly. A South/South West Hospital Group Safety Incident Management Team (SIMT) commissioned by the CEO of the S/SWHG and chaired by the Chief Operations Officer is in place and meets weekly. University Hospital Kerry is currently operating a helpline for patients who may have queries which is open 9am-5pm on working days.
The current priority is to ensure this look back review is completed as swiftly as possible, following which there will be a more detailed focus on identifying any and all issues arising in relation to processes and procedures.