Closure of review into guidance issued at sexual assault referral centres

  • 03 Nov 2016 08:00
A review into guidance given at sexual assault referral centres in the East Midlands has closed with no subsequent harm identified
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A joint review by G4S, NHS England, Public Health England and the police into guidance given to people at sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) in the East Midlands has closed with no disciplinary outcomes.

There had been concerns that the way a doctor working at SARCs in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had interpreted guidance on treatment could have placed 22 people at higher risk of blood borne virus infection. 

After a review of these cases, seven people were shown not to be at risk.  The remaining 15 people were contacted to seek follow-up care and no harm has subsequently been identified.  The findings of the review have been shared with the General Medical Council and the doctor involved has completed refresher training.  

Clinical Director for G4S Health Services, Dr Tony Knight, said:
"Between December 2013 and May 2016, one of our subcontracted doctors working with Sexual Assault Referral Centres in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire interpreted guidance on the prescription of post-exposure prophylaxis medication (PEP) in a way which could have put 22 people at a higher risk of infection from blood borne viruses (BBVs).

“While this risk was extremely low, in conjunction with NHS England, Public Health England, the Police and community health partners we initiated a comprehensive investigation which involved contacting each of the people affected who were offered access to follow-up care and support. The findings of the investigation were then referred to the General Medical Council for review and the doctor involved has undergone retraining."

For more information please contact G4S on 020 7963 3333

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