Statement issued re: error in communicating a genetic test result

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Statement regarding error in communicating a genetic test result at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

November 23rd, 2018

A precautionary review has been carried out at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin (OLCHC) to examine the records of patients who had attended a consultant geneticist or genetic counsellor consultation at the Department of Clinical Genetics and had a positive Diagnostic Genetic BRCA test result. This review was to ensure that the BRCA test result was correctly communicated to the patient’s referring consultant.

This review is now complete. No further discrepancy was identified in communicating the correct result to a patient’s referring consultant. This precautionary review has been supervised by two senior experienced consultants to provide clinical oversight of the process.

We want to offer reassurance to all patients who have undergone genetic consultation at OLCHC that there is no concern regarding the accuracy in communicating the correct result of their positive Diagnostic Genetic BRCA test. We wish to reiterate that there is no concern regarding the accuracy of the BRCA test itself, regrettably the error occurred in communicating the test result.

For completeness, and based on the findings of this review, the next phase is to audit the accuracy of correspondence to patients who had a negative Diagnostic Genetic BRCA test result.

Should patients have any concerns, they are asked to contact a dedicated Genetics helpline at OLCHC:Tel: 01 409 6219 Mon-Fri: 9.00am-5.30pm.

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