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Warning over hepatitis C doctor

Discussion in 'Girlie Gossip' started by Snowbaby, Apr 19, 2005.

  1. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    More than 2,000 women have been warned that they may have contracted hepatitis C after being treated by a gynaecologist suffering from the virus.
    Patients from 25 hospitals across England and two Scottish health boards were told of the scare in letters from the Health Protection Agency (HPA).

    They have been asked to take a blood tests to make sure they are safe.

    The infected gynaecologist has been transferred to an area of healthcare where patients are not at risk.

    The doctor, who has not been named, had not originally known he or she had the virus, which can lead to chronic liver disease.

    Although hepatitis C does not often reveal symptoms, the virus can cause abdominal pain and jaundice

    In rare cases it can cause cancer of the liver.

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  2. Snowbaby

    Snowbaby Active Member

    How terrifying must it be to get a telephone call asking you to visit your doctor/hospital to have a test like this? :umm:

    They are saying the risks are very slim, but it still must be frightening!!
     
  3. Tia

    Tia New Member

    Isn't Hep C through bodily fluids? How can you pick that up from your doctor? [​IMG]
     
  4. merlin1974

    merlin1974 New Member

    Not just the patients - how distressing for the doctor concerned - bearing in mind they were unaware they'd contracted the illness. Now their going to feel responsible for any future problems!

    My heart goes out to all concerned.
     
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