‘Review’ after ‘clinical concerns’ relating to work of former consultant at Craigavon Hospital

‘Clinical concerns’ relating to the work of a consultant urologist in the Southern Health Trust are subject of a review, the Trust has confirmed.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 4:05 pm

The work of the consultant, who the Trust says no longer works in the health service, is ‘being reviewed’.

It is understood the consultant had worked at Craigavon Area Hospital.

A number of patients have already been contacted and the Trust has set up an information line.

A spokesperson for the Southern Health Trust said: “The Southern Health and Social Care Trust can confirm that clinical concerns in relation to the work of a consultant urologist, who no longer works in the health service, are currently being reviewed.

“At this stage, a small number of patients have been contacted so that their care can be reviewed.

“The Department of Health is being kept updated on the progress of the review and the potential impact on patients.

“If anyone is concerned and would like information please phone us on 0800 4148520 between 10am and 3pm.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health said: “The minister plans to make a statement to the Assembly very shortly.”

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said the recall of urology patients in the Southern Health Trust following ‘clinical concerns’ about the work of a consultant demands urgent answers from the Department of Health.

Mrs Kelly MLA said: “News that a number of urology patients are set to be recalled in the Southern Trust area following a high level investigation over the summer are deeply concerning for those who have received treatment and their families.

“The Southern Trust and the Department of Health need to act quickly to provide reassurance and support to those affected. We also need to be assured that there is adequate capacity within urology, following the loss of this consultant, to ensure that new patients are receiving treatment quickly.

“Urgent answers are needed for patients and the public. I will be pressing the Minister to provide these as soon as possible.”

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