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East Lancashire patients' group alarmed at objects left in bodies
5:12pm Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A PATIENT champion said he was ‘alarmed’ by figures showing nine surgical instruments, including part of a needle, may have been left inside surgery patients.
Last week the Lancashire Telegraph revealed an increasing number of incidents at East Lancashire’s hospitals where foreign objects went ‘missing’ before procedures were complete. Bosses said none of the patients suffered any harm, and that trying to locate or remove the item would have caused more damage than leaving it in their body.
Russ McLean, chairman of the Patient Voices Group, said: “I would like to see the special measures team, who are looking at East Lancashire Hospitals Trust through a microscope, scrutinise these incidents. The Patient Voices Group will be contacting the trust’s medical director to express our alarm at the figures obtained by the Lancashire Telegraph.”
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