As a fellow consultant based in london I don't like tarnishing another surgeon's reputation. But I was not left any choice after seeing my own father suffer great distress and pain while he was under the care of this consultant. I became his full time carer until he died 6 months ago having to leave my job in the NHS. My father has a meningioma in the parafalcine area of the brain has had started to show growth again. My father was a patient at the hospital for 6 years in all that time he was under the care of two neurosurgeons Mr kuruvath was the last consultant. During the 6 years until his death both consultants failed to inform him that he had a brain tumour they did not bother to image his brain periodically to check it was not growing. His last appointment to see mr kuruvath was in march 2016. This is when he was finally told that he had a meningioma that was actively growing again. He should have called my father back to provide follow up care to check that the growth was not causing symptoms but 18 months passed until my father passed away no further communication was recieved. His GP was angry when he heard what we had been told by Mr kuruvath during my father's last outpatient appointment. According to our conversation with his GP they knew nothing about the growth becaused Mr kuruvath had not bothered to write back to them. They could see that the symptoms my father was experiencing was being caused by the tumour they did what they could to alleviate his symptoms. But without a proper diagnosis from Mr Kuruvath they could not prescribe him more appropriate drugs to control the symptoms. The consultant's attitude was that since he could not operate on my father he was no longer his problem. His words were "i am happy to discharge him from my care" even when he was asked again he said the same thing. The consultant's in eldery care could look after my father in future. Which is wrong last time I checked neurosurgeons are responsible for monitoring tumours in the brain not elderly care consultants. In all the years I have had to accompany my father to his appointments to see Mr Kuruvath his attitude was if can't operate on you then you are no longer my problem he was discharging my father from his list since 2013. He is only interested in patient he can operate on to further his own career.
I was in the care of this consultant at queen Elizabeth hospital after my previous consultant had left the country for a period of two and half years. The scans of my brain showed that I had a meningioma which should have been monitored for growth. He never bothered to image my brain again I was admitted to another hospital in 2014 the consultants there imaged my brain again. Mr kuruvath got hold of the scans and decided to compare them against the original scans at QE that were imaged in 2010. The 2014 scan clearly showed that the meningioma had grown he should kept me in his care further observation but he did not. In my last consultation at his clinic he told me he I was going to be discharged from his care and that he was satisified that with his decision. Even after querying his decision he still stated that I was fit to be discharged from his care. He did not bother to organise any after care he hasn't bothered to write to my GP to tell them that I have been discharged or that the meningioma has grown. I question the clinical competence of this consultant he is going to end up in a negligence case one of these day's. The hospital will end up paying out compensation for his mistakes.
Mr Kuruvath carried out my Chiari malformation by going cranial decompression in June 2014. I had lots of complications but nothing that this wonderful Man could not sort out. He had to operate a few times to get me right but with my lumbar shiny and gravity assist valve my life has now changed.. I am so greaful for all the staff on the neuro wards in QE.. All do a fantastic job Thank you
I was referred to this neurosurgeon in 2013 for various problems including meningioma and hydrocephalus. The hydrocephalus required a shunt to be fitted when he was discussing this treatment he gave me the impression that the shunt would cure my hydrocephalus for good. I had carried out my own research which seemed to contradict what the consultant was telling me even after asking him about he still extolled the virtue of having this surgery and never told me about the complications that can occur should the shunt malfunction or become blocked. I decided not to have this surgery it was not going to be of benefit to me the only person that would benefit would be the consultant. I had some new x rays done of my head which showed that the meningioma was growing these were shown to Mr Kuruvath but he ignored the findings and discharged me as his patient normal practice requires routine scanning of the brain at periodic intervals to chart the tumours growth. I have got the impression that this neurosurgeon is only interested in his patients as long as he can operate on them and get more surgical experience. He is not interested in long term care and follow up. How can he improve should think of what is going to benefit his patients not what will benefit himself.
My father in law was in the care of this consultant at our initial consultation he stated that a certain medical procedure would alleviate the symptoms he was experiencing for good. I had already knew that the procedure would not resolve his symptoms and they would return. But he still persisted in these claims until I had to correct him to which he replied that he was a neurosurgeon and I was not so my view point was not valid. The final consultation he decided to inform his patient that he had a benign lesion he then told him was going to be discharged he did not take the time to talk him through what to expect in fact he ignored him and proceeded to talk to his wife he didn't bother to explain to her what would happen to him. The best advice for this consultant to improve his patient care would be not to treat his patients as if they are stupid and stop overstating the benefits of a medical procedure.
Short link to review Mr Sarin Kuruvath: http://iwgc.net/efz2f