Review being conducted of 46,000 x-rays, cat scans and ultra sounds at University Hospital Kerry

Over 46,000 x-rays, cat scans and ultra-sounds carried out at University Hospital Kerry are been reviewed.

The South/ South West Hospital Group (SSWHG) confirmed to Radio Kerry News that an investigation is underway following patient safety concerns.

This follows the notification of three Serious Reportable Events (SREs) over the course of the summer.

In a statement the group confirmed a “look back” process with independent oversight is now underway – the review started at end of October and is expected to be completed within ten weeks.

The period under review from March 2016 to July 2017 involves over 46,000 x-rays, cat scans and ultra-sounds relating to 26,000 people with two to three scans per person in some cases.

As of last Friday 18,000 files have been reviewed resulting in 21 patients being called back for “repeat imaging”.

None required any further follow up or treatment.

A Clinical Co-ordinator has been identified to arrange appropriate follow-up and any patients requiring urgent intervention will be immediately contacted before the full audit is complete.

A dedicated information line has been established at UHK – patients who have concerns can contact 1800 742 900 – this number will operate from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin is calling on HSE and management at UHK to table an emergency briefing first thing in the morning.

The Kerry Fine Gael deputy contacted the offices of Health Minister Simon Harris about the review this afternoon.

The Keel TD said Kerry Health Forum representatives and Kerry Oireachtas members need to know what’s going on in order to ease growing concern among the public: