Queen Mary’s patient told “no cause for concern” after being 20 minutes from death

PUBLISHED: 16:56 27 September 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 27 September 2013

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup where Rod Irvine operated

Queen Mary's Hospital in Sidcup where Rod Irvine operated


Serious concerns have been raised over South London Healthcare Trust’s investigation into gynaecologist after a patient reportedly left 20 minutes from death was told there was “no cause for concern.”

Law firm Hodge Jones & Allen are representing a woman in her 60s from Greenwich who was operated on by expelled Rod Irvine at Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup in October 2011.

Ten days after the “routine gynaecological procedure”, she felt unwell and had to be admitted for emergency surgery on a ruptured bowel at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley.

Medical lawyer Emma Wray said: “This woman has been traumatised by the treatment she received and yet she has received a letter from the Trust telling her that a review of her records shows “no cause for concern”.

“It was quite clear she was really ill. Her family were told she had 20 minutes to live if she hadn’t gone to hospital.”

The trust has since admitted it made an administrative error in this case and in others. The woman in question is now considering legal action against SLHT.

Concerns were initally raised about Mr Irvine’s conduct in August 2012. He was excluded from the trust in November 2012 and further restrictions have been placed on him by the General Medical Council.

All his cases stretching back a decade are being investigated - letters have been sent to almost 2,000 patients.

There are serious concerns over 66 cases and the Times reported last week how another law firm representing Mr Irvine’s former patients, Bolt Burdon Kemp, claim that their clients had the wrong organs removed and underwent unnecessary surgery.

Patients with concerns about their treatment are asked to call 0800 044 5272.

Have you been treated by Mr Irvine? Contact the newsdesk on 0208 477 3858 or email

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