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Women recalled after 'faults' found with breast biopsy machine at Ormskirk Hospital

Ormskirk and District General Hospital

A group of women have been recalled for 'further consultation' after faults were found in a machine used for taking biopsies of breast tissue at Ormskirk General Hospital.

The hospital said a panel of consultants and breast specialist nurses had reviewed the records of 117 patients who underwent the procedure, which can help diagnose conditions such as cancer.

The panel concluded there was no cause for concern in the majority of patients.

But chief executive Jonathan Parry said today: ''We are inviting back 14 patients as a precaution for a further consultation.

“I know this news will be deeply concerning for the women concerned and I am very sorry for the unnecessary worry we have caused them.

“The Trust has established an internal review group to investigate and report to the Board on the circumstances surrounding what has happened. It will be chaired by the Executive Medical Director and supported by independent experts.

“Our breast care specialists assure me any risk to these patients is low.

“Following the original biopsy, each patient had their case reviewed at least once by a panel of specialist doctors and nurses, and was subsequently followed up.

''This process, which is part of our routine breast care service, has ensured the number of patients requiring further investigation has been kept to a minimum.''

The 14 recalled patients are being contacted directly by the Trust. A helpline staffed by senior nurses is also available.

The helpline number is 01704 704962. It will be staffed Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm. A message can be left outside these hours.

Police find body in Ormskirk

Police searching for a woman who'd gone missing from home have found a body.

The body of a 38 year old woman was found by officers yesterday afternoon in woodland next to Castle Lane in Westhead, near Ormskirk in Lancashire. There are no suspicious circumstances.

Formal identification has yet to be carried out but at this stage police are satisfied the body is that of Kirstin Hart who went missing from her home in Roby Mill on Friday.

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Appeal following Christmas day attack

Police are appealing for information after a man was attacked in the early hours of Christmas Day.

At around 2:10am, the 34 year old victim was walking along Burscough Street in Ormskirk following a night out. He was approached by a man who, without provocation, punched him in the face several times.

This was a nasty attack which was completely unprovoked and so I am very keen to speak to anyone who could help us to trace the person responsible.

"We believe there was a young couple who may have witnessed what happened and so we would appeal to that couple, if that was you and you saw what happened, please get in touch. There was also a group of three people stood by Ormskirk paint and DIY store that may also have seen the assault take place - if that was you, please give us a call.

– PC Ian Fisher

The offender is described as a white, aged in his 20's, around 5 feet 8 inches tall and of medium build. He had blond-light brown short hair and was wearing a dark shirt and dark jeans.

Wilson to get memorial stone at Westminster Abbey

Harold Wilson
Harold Wilson was the MP for Ormskirk then Huyton. Credit: PA Wire

Former prime minister Lord Wilson of Rievaulx will be honoured with a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey.

Harold Wilson, who died in 1995 aged 79, was MP for Ormskirk for nearly five years, and MP for Huyton for 33 years.

He was prime minister from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976.

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