Pregnancy test withdrawal
North West London Hospitals NHS Trust has been made aware that a small number of Clearview HCG pregnancy tests supplied to Northwick Park Hospital and Central Middlesex Hospital may be faulty.
Michael Burke, Medical Director at the Trust, said: “While there is only a very small chance, it is possible that we have received and used a defective test. As a precaution, the Trust is alerting patients who had a pregnancy test carried out at Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals between 23 March and 8 June, to contact their GP, or clinic or consultant where they were seen at the hospital. Alternatively they can obtain an over-the-counter test from a chemist. If they are still worried, they can call the Trust on 020 8869 2762.”
The manufacturer, Unipath, says that 44 tests out of 83,000 that were supplied to NHS Trusts around the country may have given an incorrect negative result. All pregnancy tests from the affected batch have now been withdrawn. Clearview HCG is only available to healthcare professionals and no women will have used the tests themselves. Tests sold direct to consumers are not affected in any way.
The Trust believes up to 1200 tests, carried out at Northwick Park and Central Middlesex Hospitals and Harrow PCT Family Planning Clinics in Harrow may have been used from the affected batch.
Notes to editors
- For more information please contact Fiona Wilde, Communications Manager, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, on 020 8869 3701
- For information from the manufacturer of Clearview HCG, Unipath, please contact Lesley Foster on 01234 835144