Medway NHS patients recalled7th September 2011
A health trust in Kent has written to 1,400 patients amid fears that they have been seen at surgeries by a practice nurse who is thought to have been unqualified.
The Kent and Medway NHS Trust have written to the patients following the arrest by Kent police of a 46-year-old woman from mid Wales on suspicion of fraud.
It has emerged that the woman had worked for more for GP surgeries in the Medway area between 2006 and 2010.
As a result, more than 300 women who had smear tests are being offered retests and more than 1,000 patients who had immunisations are being offered additional treatment.
The trust’s medical co-director Dr James Thallon said: “We carried out an immediate review to check that the standard of care we expect patients to receive has been maintained.
“Our investigations have not found any problems with the work this person has carried out and there is no reason to believe that there has been any harm to anyone's health.
“As a purely precautionary measure we have written to some patients individually to invite them to be seen again.”
While at the surgeries, the woman’s work included chronic disease management, immunisation and cervical smear testing.
The Nursing and Midwifery Council has confirmed it is working with police and the NHS in support of the investigation.
An NMC statement said: “We are extremely concerned that a woman was allegedly practising illegally as a nurse, without having undergone the required education and training necessary to become a registered member of the nursing profession.”
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Title: Medway NHS patients recalled
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 19629
Date Added: 7th Sep 2011