PERFORMANCE: The trust began a patient case notes review last month, after concerns were raised about the medical practice of one of its doctors.

The review centres on Dr Nic Driver, the trust’s consultant paediatrician with an interest in epilepsy and neurology. 

The case notes review of all the children he has seen with epilepsy, or related disorders, was launched on the recommendation of the British Paediatrics Neurology Association and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. 

This review concerns 569 patients who have been seen with epilepsy or a related disorder since Dr Driver’s appointment to the trust in 2002. Affected patients have been written to regarding the review and the trust. 

Medical director Christopher Tibbs said:  “As soon as concerns were raised we instigated an initial internal review with two external experts. As a result of that review and external recommendations we have now commenced a full review of Dr Driver’s patients with epilepsy or a related condition.   

“It is not possible to comment any further on the possible outcome of the review.”

He added: “Our priority now is to ensure that the case notes review is concluded as quickly as possible and that we ensure that the patients affected receive the ongoing care and support they need.    

“All the patients concerned have been written to and we have set up a dedicated helpline for them to ensure that we can respond to and deal with any concerns or queries they may have.”