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3rd February 2006

Inquiry into misread heart tests at Fairfield Hospital, Bury

It has recently been discovered that over 1000 patients of Fairfield Hospital in Bury may have been diagnosed as suffering from a heart problem, when in fact their hearts are completely healthy.

Clear Answers' Solicitors, Thompsons, can provide advice to anyone who has been affected by this unfortunate clinical error. For more information telephone 0800 783 9019, complete one of our online claim forms or .

An inquiry has now been opened by Fairfield Hospital to investigate how a cardiac technician managed to misread the echocardiogram (ECG) results. The technician was supplied to the trust by an agency and no longer works at the Hospital. Despite the errors made by the technician when reading the ultrasound results, the Associate Director for medicine, Doctor Mike Finnegan said that the technician was qualified and experienced at his job.

Letters have been sent out to the 1,053 patients seen by the technician between 23rd May and 7th December, advising them that errors were found in their echocardiogram results. The patients' records will all now be re-examined.

Doctor Ruth Jameson, acting medical director of Pennine Acute Trust Trust said:-

"We are looking through all those patients' notes and that review is now well under way. Some of them have already been invited back for review clinics."

"For most patients an echocardiogram forms part of a broader clinical assessment so we would hope that any potential problems would have been picked up by other means too."

"The review of patients' notes is expected to take several weeks to complete."

"It is possible that patients have got medication that they don't need but that's what we can't be sure of at the moment and that's the reason for reviewing the notes," Dr Jameson added.

A helpline has already been set up by the trust for anyone concerned about their test results, which is 0161 656 1999.

You can read the full story at BBC News.

Clear Answers' Solicitors, Thompsons, are experts in dealing with personal injury claims for compensation and have a specialist clinical/medical negligence team operating regionally from their spread of offices, nationwide.

If you would like any advice or assistance with a clinical/medical negligence claim, telephone Clear Answers on 0800 783 9019. Alternatively, you can complete one of our online claim forms or to request a call back from one of our personal injury compensation claims specialists.

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