St Columcille’s Hospital in Loughlinstown has asked 65 patients to return for a repeat colonoscopy. This review was ordered after it was discovered that between November 2017 and April 2018 65 patients received incomplete colonoscopies.
A colonoscopy is an internal examination of the interior lining of the bowel. This procedure is used in the diagnosis of bowel cancer and other conditions. Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in Ireland, with 2,700 people here being diagnosed with the disease each year. Therefore it is obviously imperative that colonoscopies are being performed correctly and to completion stage.
In order for a colonoscopy to be complete there must be a photographic record of the end section of the bowel. The 65 patients in question did not have such photographic evidence, thus rendering their colonoscopy procedure incomplete. As a result, in the interests of best practice, St Columcille’s Hospital decided to re-scope the 65 cases
Dr Garret Cullen, Clinical Lead for Endoscopy at Ireland East Hospital Group emphasised that the review process was a precautionary measure and that the risk to patients was low:
“We acknowledge that patients may be anxious about being called for an appointment but I want to reassure them that this is purely a precautionary measure, appointments are currently being scheduled and we expect this process to be complete within four weeks.”
The doctor who carried out the incomplete colonoscopies was employed in a sessional basis and is no longer employed by St Columcille’s Hospital.
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