Doctors took five years to diagnose man's brain tumour
NHS medics discovered an 'anomaly' during a brain scan but did not tell the patient.
NHS doctors took five years to diagnose a patient with a brain tumour.
Medics discovered an "anomaly" during a brain scan but did not tell the patient.
They diagnosed it as the result of a stroke and failed to follow up on the scan until recently, when the tumour was found.
A brain bleed during a subsequent biopsy left the patient incapacitated and in need of constant care, a watchdog reported on Wednesday.
The Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) became involved when his family complained and found the tumour could have been diagnosed sooner.
However, the watchdog noted that the delay did not have a significant impact on the man's treatment and that he probably would not have been treated earlier even if the tumour had been discovered sooner.
The SPSO has recommended NHS Grampian asks doctors to share unusual scan results with patients in future and apologises to the patient's family.