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Hospital slated for ultrasound chaos

A hospital that let a backlog of 2,700 ultrasound requests go unprocessed was branded a 'chaotic shambles' by the Commission for Health Improvement last week.

Chase Farm Hospital let the requests build up in a filing cabinet while it ploughed through a previous accumulation of 800 unmet requests.

Only when GPs complained their requests were not being carried out were the ultrasounds done, regardless of clinical priority. Some of the referrals for scans were 19 months old by the time the commission began its investigation.

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