A WOMAN, who was wrongly told during a scan that she had a hormonal disorder, has spoken of her horror at not being informed her case was part of a misconduct investigation.
The woman, who asked to be referred to only as service user E, found out only when she read articles in the Guernsey Press that radiographer Catherine Birnie, who carried out her ultrasound test in February 2014, had been found guilty of errors in her care by the Health and Care Professions Council.
Through the detail in the article she was able to identify herself as one of Mrs Birnie’s patients.
She had received no notification from Health & Social Care about the misconduct hearing and that her case formed part of it.
It has led her to question how many other patients have not been contacted over potential misconduct.
Her concerns have grown even more since being told by the committee it was not normal practice for patients to be contacted.
While an HSC spokesman said it could not comment directly regarding the woman’s case, it said it would inform a patient if they have been put at ‘harm or risk of significant harm’ by the misconduct of a professional.
But service user E has questioned how such investigations could be sufficient.
‘I was reading the paper [Guernsey Press] and it was only when I thought that sounded a lot like me that I was able to identify myself,’ she said, as she described the moment she realised service user E was her.
‘I was at work and I burst into tears.
‘I called my doctor to ask what date I had the scan and that was the same date.
‘It brought up what was a difficult time for me.
‘I had been going through several years of health problems, I was really ill and I was scared.’