37 patients recalled by Western Trust in relation to heart condition

By Gary Adair

The Western Trust has contacted 37 patients in the Fermanagh area who should have received a follow up review after receiving treatment for a heart condition.

The recall was prompted when a review of files of patients suffering from aortic stenosis was instigated following concerns in respect of 2 other patients earlier in the year. The medical director at the Western Health Trust, Dr Dermot Hughes, confirmed that 37 patients were identified "who should have received a follow up review after their treatment". He confirmed that the patients had been contacted with a view to arranging a review appointment at South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

Dr Hughes described the move as a "precautionary measure" and considered it "unlikely that patients will need any change in their treatment". There have however been calls for an investigation into the recall and an explanation of what exactly happened and the potential impact on the patients affected.

The recall comes on the heels of Northern Ireland's largest ever patient recall last month, when Belfast Health Trust recalled over 2,500 neurology patients.

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