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STATEMENT ON RADIATION OVERDOSE

February 08, 2006 8:45 AM

An investigation is currently underway at the Beatson Oncology Centre, Western Infirmary, Glasgow, into an overdose of radiation to a young female patient.

It has been established that no equipment failure was involved.Initial findings indicate that the overdose was the result of human error and no other patient treatments were compromised.

Immediately upon discovering that the patient – a 15-year-old girl – had been given the radiation overdose an internal investigation was launched and the Scottish Executive Health Department notified.

The Scottish Executive Health Department will now conduct their own full inquiry with the full support and co-operation of NHS Greater Glasgow staff.

Staff concerned with this isolated incident are "extremely distraught".

Professor Alan Rodger, Medical Director, Beatson Oncology Centre, said:

"Initial meetings have taken place with the girl and her family. We will do everything in our power to support both them and their daughter in the challenges ahead."

Due to patient confidentiality, and due to the ongoing external and internal investigation, NHS Greater Glasgow cannot comment any further in regard to this matter.

ENDS

 

For more information contact NHS Greater Glasgow Communications on 0141 201 4429.

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