Scans for breast scare women

Patient Louise Barratt's case sparked a breast care investigation at the hospital.
Patient Louise Barratt's case sparked a breast care investigation at the hospital.
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Dozens of women have contacted a special hotline set up after a probe into hundreds of scans carried out by a Blackpool Victoria Hospital medic.

Hospital chiefs set up the phone line last week after it was revealed patient Louise Barratt’s breast cancer was picked up two months late – sparking an investigation.

Some 470 patients’ ultrasounds carried out by one radiologist have been reviewed since the revelation in November and 24 of those had triggered concern.

Vic bosses contacted all 24 and asked them to return to hospital to be re-assessed.

Now 22 of those patients have been given clinic 
appointments – the other two are out of the country.

It is believed the chances of any of the patients having cancer are ‘small’ but medics said it was ‘important’ they were re-assessed.

And a spokesman for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust said 69 calls had so far been made to the breast care hotline.

Some of those who rang were worried about scans carried out previous to the 12-month investigation.

But medics say they have followed advice from the British Society of Breast Radiology, to look back over the radiologist’s breast work over 12 months.

The radiologist left the trust in March.

Earlier this week Louise Barratt, 30, from Marton, spoke of feeling ‘failed’ when she found out what she had been told was a harmless lump was actually cancer.

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Dr Mark O’Donnell, medical director at the hospital trust, said: “We took guidance from experts from the British Society of Breast Radiology who advised us to carry out an audit of the radiologist’s breast work over a 12 month period and said, in their expert opinion, that there would be no need to go back any further than that period of time.”

The helpline number is (01253) 306650.

If you have been affected and want to tell your story, call Emma Harris on (01253) 361737.

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