Belfast Telegraph

Western Trust recalls 37 patients over heart condition treatment

The Western Trust has recalled 37 patients who have been receiving treatment for a heart condition.

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.

Dr Dermot Hughes, medical director at the Western Health Trust said: “Following a review of patients diagnosed with a heart valve condition known as Aortic Stenosis, the Trust has identified 37 patients from the Fermanagh area who should have received a follow up review after their treatment.

"These patients have been contacted by telephone or letter on June 6 and June 7 and have been offered a review appointment with cardiology staff at South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen.

“It is unlikely that patients will need any change in their treatment, but these reviews are being carried out as a precautionary measure.”

Sinn Fein MLA Colm Gildernew said: "These reviews need to be carried out as quickly as possible and the Trust need to communicate in a full and transparent manner with the patients and their families.

“The well-being of patients must be the primary focus in the days ahead and the circumstances surrounding the recall must be thoroughly investigated and communicated to the public."

It follows the recall last month by the Belfast Health Trust of over 2,500 neurology patients treated by neurologist Dr Michael Watt, making it Northern Ireland's largest ever patient recall.

Any patients affected by the 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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