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29 April 2014 at 12:31

Media statement issued by Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive, said: “The Trust has become aware of a programming issue with a machine used for taking biopsies of the breast at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

“The procedure is used to remove a small sample of breast tissue for analysis where an abnormality is identified following a mammogram.

“A panel of consultants and breast specialist nurses has reviewed the records of 117 patients who underwent the procedure to establish if they require any further assessment.

“The panel concluded that there was no cause for concern in the majority of patients. However, we are inviting back 14 patients as a precaution for a further consultation.

“Our breast care specialists assure me any risk to these patients is low.

“Following the original biopsy, each patient had their case reviewed at least once by a panel of specialist doctors and nurses, and was subsequently followed up. This process, which is part of our routine breast care service, has ensured the number of patients requiring further investigation has been kept to a minimum.

“I know this news will be deeply concerning for the women concerned and I am very sorry for the unnecessary worry we have caused them.

“The Trust has established an internal review group to investigate and report to the Board on the circumstances surrounding what has happened. It will be chaired by the Executive Medical Director and supported by independent experts.

“We are also working closely with our commissioners, the NHS Trust Development Authority, NHS England, the Care Quality Commission and the Royal College of Radiologists to ensure any lessons we learn can be shared more widely.”

The 14 recalled patients are being contacted directly by the Trust. Other patients requiring reassurance or concerns answering should call our breast care nurse team on 01704 704962. Please leave a message if no one is available to take your call.

The following update was issued 21st May 2014:

We issued a media statement on 29th April 2014 after becoming aware of programming issues with equipment used for taking breast biopsies. Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive, has issued the following update:

“The Trust is in the process of undertaking a thorough investigation into a programming issue with the equipment used for taking biopsies of the breast at Ormskirk and District General Hospital.

“All 14 affected patients have been recalled and are either discharged or subject to further investigation.

“The internal investigation is on-going and the Trust is working closely with external bodies and regulators to ensure that any lessons we learn can be shared more widely.

“As the investigation has not concluded it would be unwise to speculate as to the cause of the programming issue but I wish to clarify at this stage initial indications are that the issue was not related to the Vacora needle used during the procedure or the machine itself. I will provide full information when the investigation has concluded.”


Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We have a budget of £181m and employ 3,300 staff. In 2012/13, our staff saw 247,605 outpatients; treated 60,635 inpatients; supported the birth of 3,043 babies; and attended to 98,163 urgent care cases.