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Sidcup-based gynaecologist Rod Irvine may have removed wrong organs in operations
A SIDCUP-based gynaecologist who worked across the News Shopper area may have removed the wrong organs during operations, according to some women who were treated by him.
Rod Irvine is also being investigated over claims he performed unnecessary surgery and removed organs without proper explanation as his treatment of 66 women has come under scrutiny.
A sample review of 255 of Mr Irvine’s patients conducted following his suspension by South London Healthcare Trust in November last year, showed concern over the treatment of 49 women and more serious cause for concern in the case of 17 women.
The now dissolved trust wrote to nearly 2,000 women who have had operations or other planned theatre procedures by Mr Irvine since he joined the trust in 2002.
Some of the allegations made against him have now come to light through solicitors Bolt Burden Kemp who are assisting a number of women who allege they have been the victim of substandard treatment by Mr Irvine.
Caroline Klage, partner and medical negligence specialist, told News Shopper complaints range from unnecessary surgery, removal of organs without explanation to other major errors such as taking out the wrong organ.
She added: "Whilst it is positive they have contacted all of the women potentially affected, it is likely this news will be extremely worrying and upsetting for a lot of women, especially if they are suffering ongoing problems following surgical procedures carried out by Mr Irvine.
"It is vital that in these situations women seek independent legal advice rather than relying on assurances provided by the trust."
The vast majority of the consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist’s theatre procedures were carried out at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup but he also worked at the Princess Royal Hospital in Bromley and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.
His website, which has now been taken offline, says he also practised at Blackheath Hospital, Chelsfield Park Hospital in Orpington and Fawkham Manor Hospital in Longfield.
Rod Irvine said in a statement: "Throughout my career I have acted with integrity and honesty and tried to do the best for my patients.
"I can assure you I am co-operating fully with the investigation and will continue to do so."
Former patients of Mr Irvine spoke to News Shopper to defend him in July.
An information line has been set up for women who have been treated by him and may have concerns about their treatment - call 0800 044 5272.
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