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August 12, 2010

Irish Hospital Ordered to Stop All Keyhole Surgery

Our Lady's Hospital in Navan, Ireland, has been asked to stop all keyhole surgery with immediate effect after an internal audit by the Health Service Executive (HSE). All laparoscopic general surgery to deal with hernias or remove appendices and gallstones has been halted. T

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Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, Ireland, has been asked to stop all keyhole surgery with immediate effect after an internal audit by the Health Service Executive (HSE).

All laparoscopic general surgery to deal with hernias or remove appendices and gallstones has been halted.

The decision comes after an ongoing clinical review identified a number of concerns regarding the consistency in meeting necessary standards of surgery.

The HSE said the suspension was made in the interest of patient safety and to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients.

“Hospital management are currently making arrangements for patients already scheduled for laparoscopic surgery in Our Lady’s Hospital to undergo their surgery in other hospitals,” it said.

“Patients affected are being contacted to advise them of the new arrangements.”

Orthopaedic services are not affected by the directive and will continue as usual.

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