A support group has been set up to help alleged victims of a Sidcup-based gynaecologist Rod Irvine, who may have removed the wrong organs and performed operations unnecessarily. 

He worked across Kent and south east London but News Shopper revealed last summer his treatment of 66 women is under scrutiny.

Some of the allegations made against him have now come to light through solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp who are helping 28 alleged victims.

Bolt Burdon Kemp’s medical negligence lawyer Catherine Bell said:“We decided to set up the support group to because we felt it was important the women we are advising could benefit from therapy and support without delay.”

“The group is led by a trained therapist who has counselled women in similar situations before before.”

“Gynaecological treatment is a sensitive and emotive subject for many women so it can be particularly difficult when they suffer injuries as a result of substandard care. 

“For example, some the women who have sought advice from us may have had their lives put at risk by unnecessary or poorly performed surgery, whilst others  may have lost their ability to have children.

“It is not uncommon for women in this position to suffer emotional and psychological trauma, which may have a long-lasting effect on their lives.”

The support group met for the first time earlier this month and meetings will continue to take place fortnightly between now and the end of May 2014.

A sample review of 255 of Mr Irvine’s patients conducted following his suspension by South London Healthcare Trust in November 2012, 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 procedures performed by him since he joined the trust in 2002.

Rod Irvine is currently suspended from practising by the NHS Trust and has had interim conditions placed on his registration by the General Medical Council.

Call Catherine Bell at Bolt Burdon Kemp for more information about the support group on 0207 288 4859.

Were you treated by Mr Irvine? Call the newsdesk on 01689 885 721.