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Surgical instrument left inside man after op sparks hospital probe

By Jamie Brassington | Dudley | Health | Published:

A man had a surgical instrument left inside him following an operation at a Black Country hospital.

Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley, where the incident took place

The item, believed to be a 10-inch ‘retractor’, was discovered inside the patient after he returned to Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley complaining of severe abdominal pain.

Bosses at the hospital are now investigating the incident.

But Dudley UKIP group leader councillor Paul Brothwood said: “The staff must be under so much pressure with resources being cut. We will see more mistakes.”

The patient is being kept ‘fully informed’ following the operation and during the investigation, a spokesman for the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the hospital, said.

A source, who asked not to be named, claimed the instrument concerned was a 10-inch retractor – which is used in surgical incisions.

The man returned around two weeks ago with severe abdominal pain and after undergoing another operation, the instrument was found.

The chief executive of the trust, Diane Wake, said: “We can confirm that we are investigating an incident involving a retained object following a surgical procedure, and the patient concerned is being kept fully informed. We will not comment further without the patient’s express permission.”

Councillor Brothwood described the incident as ‘shocking’.

He added: “I’m concerned about the pressures that staff are under. They are facing constraints and there is a lack of availability of nurses and doctors.

“This is one of the signs of the pressures that staff are under.”

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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