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28th Sep, 2021

Spire Parkway Hospital patients urged to seek advice if they get investigation letter

Sarah Mason 16th Feb, 2021 Updated: 17th Feb, 2021

PATIENTS at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull are being urged to seek medical and legal advice if they get a letter saying their surgery is set to have an ‘independent desktop review’.

This comes after an NHS patient, who was recalled in 2019 when she was told she had undergone two unnecessary surgeries for shoulder pain which was carried out by Habib Rahman, has been contacted again by the private hospital.

The 53-year-old, who doesn’t wish to be named, said she has received another letter from Spire Parkway about an “independent desktop review” at the hospital into treatment she received on her left hand for carpal tunnel syndrome, again from Mr Rahman.

She said this surgery left her with tingling, numbness and a painful scar.

Following the 2019 review the patient discovered the type of surgery she had received from Mr Rahman wasn’t within his specialist field.

Due to ongoing pain and discomfort in her hand, the carpal tunnel procedure was done a second time but by another consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Parkway.

Although corrected, the patient says her hand hasn’t been the same since.

The patient said: “The operation on my hand by Mr Rahman was a mess. I was put under a full anaesthetic, which I later found out was unnecessary, and I was left in real pain and unable to work.

“Luckily, I’m right-handed so I just about manage day-to-day. There’s no question that given the muck up in the original operation I compensate for it with my good hand.

“I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading when I opened the letter. It was a complete deja vu. To be told that the same surgeon is being investigated twice is really worrying.

“I had no reason not to trust him, why would I? I feel like I’ve been deceived not just once, which is bad enough, but twice. You wonder where it’s all going to end.”

This alleged wrongdoing at the hospital coincides with the first anniversary of the Independent Inquiry into the disgraced breast surgeon, Ian Paterson, who worked at Spire Parkway, and has been jailed for 20 years for wounding with intent.

Linda Millband, partner and head of clinical negligence at Thompsons Solicitors, said: “It beggars belief that our client’s treatment is being reviewed a second time for issues with the same surgeon, at the same hospital, but for another potential act of negligence.”

A spokesperson for Spire Healthcare said: “We apologise to any patient who suffered distress after being treated by Mr Rahman.

“We work constantly to learn and improve in all areas of patient safety.

“Our strengthened safety standards led us to restrict Mr Rahman’s shoulder practice in September 2018, before suspending him in January 2019, and Mr Rahman no longer practises at Spire.

“We invited the Royal College of Surgeons to independently investigate Mr Rahman’s practice to inform the scope of our patient review.

“We followed their recommendations and have contacted all patients requiring follow-up to offer them an independent consultation and review.

“This process is ongoing. Any Spire patient of Mr Rahman who wishes to discuss their care further can contact our dedicated patient team at parkwayhelpline@spirehealthcare.com.”

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