Ophthalmologist performed risky surgery despite being put ‘on notice’ by GP’s letter: coroner

The doctor admitted he didn’t consider comorbidities detailed in the referral letter, before performing cataract surgery on a woman with severe COPD.

The death of a woman with end-stage COPD could have been avoided if she had been adequately assessed before cataract surgery, a coroner has found.  

Cherie Guest, 61, should have been declared unfit for surgery, according to a Victorian coronial report which criticised her ophthalmologist surgeon and anaesthetist.