A small consignment of the 83,000 pregnancy test kits which may have contained up to 44 faulty units were supplied to NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
While the vast majority were distributed to 56 Health Trusts in England and elsewhere across Europe, Glasgow’s hospital pharmacies took delivery of 1000 units in March.
Prior to being informed of the one in 2000 chance of a woman in Glasgow being tested using a faulty kit, our pharmacy records show that 800 had been used in the period of April, May and the first week of June.
All 800 were used at three acute hospitals - Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and The Southern General.
As soon as pharmacy teams were made aware that part of the faulty batch had been distributed to Glasgow action was taken to remove from our supplies the test kits affected.
In the unlikely event that any women have received a false negative test result the Director of Public Health, Dr Linda de Caestecker, is requesting that anyone who has any doubts as to their condition and who received a pregnancy test at either of the three hospitals affected, should desist from smoking or drinking if they suspect they may be pregnant and seek a further test.
Dr de Caestecker, said: “If you have now had a period and are feeling well you do not need to seek a further test. If you are in any doubt having had a negative pregnancy test at one of the three hospitals in the past three months you should either contact your GP or community pharmacist or call us on 08000 28 28 16 for further advice.
“It is also important to stress that the risk of having had a false test is extremely small and also that a pregnancy test is not the only determinant for identifying or ruling out pregnancy. Urine tests are used in conjunction with a range of other methods, such as the patient’s history, physical examination and blood tests.”
Dr de Caestecker also said that women should not be concerned if they bought their pregnancy test in a chemist, none of the faulty tests were delivered to chemist shops or general medical practices. Women should also be unconcerned if they received a pregnancy test in any other Greater Glasgow healthcare facilities, including GP practices,– only Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and The Southern General were affected.
GPs, community pharmacists and NHS 24 have all been informed of the small chance that women may contact them for further advice or repeat pregnancy testing.
Notes to editors
Pregnancy test kits are routinely used in Hospitals primarily in the detection of ectopic pregnancies, in accident and emergency departments and prior to X-rays.
No pregnancy test is 100% accurate and therefore a repeat test is recommended if women experience continuing symptoms.
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