2,500 patients in North Kent affected by problematic new pathology service

2,500 patients in North Kent affected by problematic new pathology service

Today we noticed an interesting article on Kent Online regarding problems with the newly merged pathology service in North Kent. The blood science service in North Kent was centralised in June this year. Problems have since been identified which may have affected up to 2,500 patients from Medway, Dartford and Gravesham.

Issues include:

– GP practices getting blood results late
– GP practices getting incorrect results
– Incorrect storage of the samples, resulting in a breakdown of red blood cells

The article reports that many patients have been told they will need to have new blood tests.

Michelle Meakin, Senior Associate Solicitor in the Medical Negligence department at Girlings Personal Injury Claims Solicitors commented: “This article is very worrying for the people of North Kent. Whilst no patient harm has yet been identified as a result of the issues, it wouldn’t surprise me if cases do emerge. It reminded me of a claim I once dealt with which arose from failings in a local pathology laboratory. Due to a labelling error at the lab, my client’s prostate biopsy was incorrectly reported to show aggressive cancer. As a result, his prostate was removed unnecessarily, resulting in incontinence problems and issues with sexual function. I obtained an out of court settlement for my client in the sum of £70,000.”

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Read the full article here:

https://www.kentonline.co.uk/gravesend/news/thousands-affected-by-serious-blood-testing-problems-190671/