Almost 40 heart patients in SWAH recall

A RECALL of almost 40 Fermanagh patients who had been receiving treatment for a heart condition
which began in June is still ongoing.
The patients were recalled in what The Western Trust described as “a precautionary measure.”
The recall has been made following a review of patients’ files and affects those suffering from aortic stenosis – the most common type of heart valve disease in the elderly.
The move was prompted by concerns related to two patients earlier this year.
Following a review of patients diagnosed with a heart valve condition known as aortic stenosis, the Trust says it has identified 37 patients from the Fermanagh area who should have received a follow up review after their treatment.
At the time, patients were contacted by telephone or letter and were offered a review appointment with cardiology staff at South West Acute Hospital.
Dr Dermot Hughes, medical director at the Western Trust confirmed that the recall was still ongoing, “The majority have been seen and the few outstanding patients are now scheduled into routine clinics in the coming weeks.”
The recall followed the Belfast Health Trust review of over 2,500 neurology patients, including a number from Fermanagh, who were treated by neurologist Dr Michael Watt.
Any patients affected by the latest Western Trust recall who have concerns or who want further information before their review appointment can contact a cardiology nurse on (028) 7129 6200 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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