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Wrong fallopian tube removed by Derby hospital doctor

  • 16 August 2012
  • From the section Derby

A doctor who removed the wrong fallopian tube from a patient, leaving her unable to conceive naturally, has been allowed to continue practising.

A tribunal criticised Dr Samina Tahseen for her "hasty, careless and dismissive" treatment of the woman at Royal Derby Hospital in 2010.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service panel found this amounted to "serious misconduct".

But they decided she could continue to practise if she is supervised.

The patient was having treatment for an ectopic pregnancy and has since had the correct fallopian tube removed.

Dr Tahseen was told by the panel: "There is now no possibility that Patient A will be able to conceive naturally.

"You were careless in your pre-operative approach, hasty in your intra-operative approach and dismissive of the patient's concerns in your post-operative approach."

Mistook cyst

The panel said Dr Tahseen had failed to discuss the procedure with her patient beforehand and had removed the wrong fallopian tube after mistaking a cyst for the ectopic pregnancy.

She did not send the patient for an ultrasound afterwards even though she had raised concerns about the operation, the panel added.

The panel told Dr Tahseen: "In your care of Patient A, you failed to place yourself in a position to assess adequately the needs of your patient, and in so doing, you failed to make the care of your patient your first concern.

"You failed to treat the condition which had brought Patient A under your care and instead caused unnecessary damage and distress."

As well as requiring Dr Tahseen to be supervised, the panel said she should be "overseen and reported upon" in future.

It said it took into account Dr Tahseen's good clinical practice before and after the incident and her "full admission" of the facts.

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