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Patient Speaks Out About Lewes Medical Office Under Investigation

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MILLSBORO, Del. - Concerns are growing among some patients of an ear, nose and throat medical practice in Lewes currently under investigation by Delaware's health department.

An unidentified growth in Ronald Corbett's throat is what prompted him to visit Delaware Otolaryngology Consultants, LLC on Coastal Highway.

Now Corbett may be faced with other health challenges.

"I think if I have some disease I think a lawsuit is forthcoming," said Corbett.

Health officials are urging all patients to seek testing for any possible exposure to communicable diseases such as Hepatitis and HIV.

The DPH is in the early stages of its investigation into Dr. Beth Duncan's practice, but some patients are already asking whether or not they need to pay for recent visits.

Corbett says he won't be pulling out his checkbook if a bill comes in the mail.

"My first inclination is to throw it right in the trash," said Corbett.

DPH spokesperson Emily Knearl says unpaid bills are handled between the physician and the patient's insurance company.

Obtaining medical records are also of concern to some patients.

Even though Dr. Duncan's Lewes practice is closed for medical services, Knearl says it must remain open only to give patients their medical records.

The practice has a second administrative location in Wilmington that is not under investigation because health officials say patients are not examined there.

But paying a bill and getting his medical history is the least of Corbett's concerns.

"I'm very concerned. But at this point we just have to leave it in God's hands," said the two-time patient.

DPH says some medical facilities are not required to be routinely inspected unless physicians perform invasive procedures.

In this case, DPH says they were alerted by a patient or an employee about unsanitary practices regarding an invasive procedure.

Health officials say the investigation into the facility's sterilization practices may take up to 10 days.

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