Monday, February 27, 2017

Concerns over Radiology results at Mills Memorial Hospital spark Northern Health review

A review of radiology results at
Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace
is currently underway
Close to 5,300 patients will be waiting for the end of March and the results from a now mandated second look, that after news from last week indicated that 8,400 results from recent radiology work at Mills Memorial will have to be reviewed after inconsistencies were found.

In a notice to patient from Friday, Northern Health outlined the situation from the Terrace hospital which affects patients who had CT Scans, Ultrasounds and General X Rays at Mills memorial between October  2016 and January 2017.

The scans in question were read by one radiologist, who has taken voluntary leave while the quality concerns are investigated.

In their media release, Northern Health notes that the review of the 8,400 results does not mean that all of the original readings are inaccurate or incomplete, or that any discrepancy will result in negative clinical concern or adverse health impacts to the individuals affected.

Northern Health further adds that patients will be contact by their physicians should there be a need for a follow up, and there is no public risk or need for patients to check with their physicians if they are not contacted.

It's anticipated that the review process will be completed by the end of March, the review of the results is being assisted by a group of radiologists from Vancouver General Hospital.

You can review the full scope of Friday's announcement here.

As the story became public through the day last Friday it became the theme for a number of news items across the province, some of those can be reviewed below:

Radiology Discrepancies at Mills Memorial Hospital (video)
Thousands of patient scans taken at Terrace Hospital being reviewed
Thousands of Northern B.C. patients' X-Rays, CT scans and ultrasounds may have been misread
8,400 Radiology images from Terrace Hospital under review
Thousands of radiology exams at Terrace hospital under review following discrepancies
Northern Health auditing 8,400 radiology images after 'inconsistent' exams. 5,400 patients impacted (audio)
Terrace Hospital X-Ray to be re-examined (video)
Radiology concerns at Terrace Hospital
Radiology mistakes could affect over 5,000 patients at Mills Memorial Hospital
Thousands of radiology scans under review at Terrace hospital

For more items of interest from Northern Health see our archive page.

Cross posted from the North Coast Review

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