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  • Saw found in cupboard 'used in amputation'

    Author: AAP

A member of the surgical team at a Scottish hospital was sent to the British equivalent of Bunnings to buy a saw to amputate a man's leg.

A Scottish health board is investigating claims that surgeons used a saw found in a hospital cupboard to amputate a man's leg.

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The incident at Ayr Hospital started when a metal plate was unexpectedly discovered in the man's leg during the operation.

It was reported that staff could not find the equipment to remove the plate, so a member of the surgical team was sent to B&Q - the British equivalent of Bunnings - to buy a saw.

The shop was closed so a saw was said to have been found in a stock cupboard at the Ayrshire hospital and disinfected before being used.


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Concerns were later raised with senior management at the hospital and an investigation is being held.


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