Patients of six local clinics under investigation in the hepatitis C scare are raising new concerns. After two weeks, they say they have yet to get back their medical records seized by Metro Police.
It wasn't easy for Pahrump resident Terry Sheets to make it down to Metro's Southwest Area Command just to fill out a request form to get her medical records back, but she needs another endocscopy.
"I do have to have one because I'm overdue," she said.
She'll have to wait some more. Metro told her the wait would be several weeks.
"It's better than not getting them. I realize it's going to take a little while but we just have to be patient," she said.
Metro seized more than 2,000 boxes of files from six gastroenterology clinics as part of their criminal investigation. Six acute cases of hepatitis C are believed to be linked to unsafe medical practices at one of these clinics, but Metro says they need help because the files are a mess.
They say the clinics organization of records has made it difficult to pinpoint any single file. In some cases, they are arranged by doctor's name, by procedure date or even the patient's name.
County leaders are working to bring in a third party to organize the files. The health district says three bids have been placed for the job, a job that will cost close to $500,000. Sheets says it's worth every penny.
"I do believe that would be better for everybody's sanity, for feeling of security and feeling that they are doing something to help us, because so many people are feeling so betrayed," she said.
In the meantime, Sheets found another way, "If you have a referring physician that referred you, go back there because they do have medical records and that's how I found mine."
The health district says they hope to have a contract for a third party to organize the records ready for approval by April 24, 2008.
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