Mount Stuart Hospital in Torbay, Devon, is under investigation after 19 private patients received an overdose of an antibiotic directly into their eye during cataract surgery.
Two patients were “seriously harmed” and four others “show symptoms” following treatment in July this year.
The Torquay hospital said the error was a “process failure” and “human error. It is reported that A consultant surgeon and two other theatre staff were initially suspended but have since returned to duty following training to ensure they complied with revised hospital processes in future.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) undertook an unannounced inspection after the incident and said immediate action had been taken to ensure the safety of people using the service.
The South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group said it was satisfied that the hospital had learned important lessons from this incident and that it had acted swiftly to make the necessary changes that will ensure future safety for patients.
Mount Stuart hospital said it was monitoring all patients concerned.
The incident is not believed to be related to the flawed cataract operations at Taunton’s Musgrove Park hospital.
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