Hospital’s apology in op horror

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HOSPITAL bosses have apologised to a Wigan woman after an operation left her with mental and physical difficulties for more than five years.

Eileen McNaughton is one of hundreds of women suing Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust who claim their incontinence was made worse by a surgeon at Liverpool Women’s annexe at Aintree.

The 55-year-old mother-of-two, who had suffered difficulties passing urine for about 10 years, was referred to George Rowland, a former consultant urogynaecologist. He examined her and told her she had stress incontinence and a rectocele. She underwent surgery in October 2006.

It has since been revealed that she had an over-active bladder.

He is now accused of performing inappropriate operations on more than 400 women. The trust has admitted liability or agreed to pay compensation in 50 per cent of claims processed so far.

Mrs McNaughton began to suffer hallucinations several weeks after her operation, which became progressively worse to the point she thought she was dying, she said. She was eventually admitted to a mental health unit.

When they inspected her wound, she was rushed to Wigan Infirmary where she was told she had psychosis due to a serious infection.

She now has to use a catheter and has had to undergo several operations to try to rectify the original problem. The trust declined to comment on Mrs McNaughton’s case.

Mrs McNaughton said her subsequent physical and psychological difficulties led to her having to leave two jobs as a senior secretary. The legal action is not expected to be resolved in full until next year, but the trust has admitted unnecessary surgery in her case,

A spokeswoman for Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust said Mr Rowland no longer worked at the hospital and the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) was progressing the claims. The General Medical Council (GMC) has imposed conditions on Mr Rowland’s licence to practise until May 2012. It is not clear whether he is working elsewhere.