Hospital apology over tooth error

Doncaster Royal Infirmary
Doncaster Royal Infirmary

HOSPITAL bosses in Doncaster have apologised after a child had an adult tooth removed in error – instead of a milk tooth.

A surgeon from the Doncaster Royal Infirmary carried out the work at Rotherham District General Hospital.

It is understood the doctor had been due to remove the milk tooth in a surgical procedure.

The mistake was revealed in a quality assurance report to the Doncaster NHS clinical commissioning group at Sovereign House, Ten Pound Walk.

The organisation decides how NHS money is spent in the borough.

The incident has been classed as a so-called ‘never event’ – occurrences which should never occur under any circumstances.

The report stated: “One never event was recorded during this recording period

“This was in relation to a wrong, adult tooth, being removed after being mistaken as a deciduous (baby) tooth.”

It said health commissioners had been informed and the process was being reviewed.

No details have been revealed as to how old the child was who had the tooth removed by mistake, or where the patient is from.

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – which runs the Doncaster Royal Infirmary, the Montagu Hospital, in Mexborough, and Bassetlaw Hospital in Worksop – confirmed the incident had happened and that it was subject to an official investigation.

A hospital foundationtrust spokesperson said: “Unfortunately, a wrong tooth was removed from a patient.

“We are looking into the reasons for this and are working closely with the family to remedy the situation.”

She confirmed that the hospital trust had apologised to the family over the mistake.

In the last financial year, 2012-13, the trust has had two never events, both of which have been subject of a full internal investigation.