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Medical negligence is a terrible thing to suffer through. We put our faith in medical professionals to provide a duty of care to us, when they fail in this, it can have devastating repercussions. From misdiagnosis, to negligent childbirth, and delayed diagnosis to negligent cosmetic surgery, the forms medical negligence can take are vast. If you or a loved one has suffered from clinical negligence, you are likely to have a claim for compensation.


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Laser hair removal treatment severely burns client

Posted in: Arm InjuryLeg InjuriesMedical NegligenceNegligent Cosmetic Surgery

A claimant has won £5,000 in compensation after sustaining burns to her arms and legs after receiving hair removal laser treatment. The woman had gone to a beauty salon to have several areas of her body lasered, including her lower legs and arms, which left her with visible burn marks upon completion of the treatment. It was subsequently discovered that the beautician carrying out the treatment had turned the power of the laser too high, resulting in the burns. Report confirmed that the laser had been misused When the salon…

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New Financial Package for Victims of Blood Transfusion Scandal

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNHS Claims

The Scottish Government has pledged £20 million in funding for the victims of the NHS blood transfusion scandal. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, an estimated 30,000 people in the UK were given blood transfusions that were contaminated with conditions such as HIV and Hepatitis C. Many of the people affected were haemophiliac. These conditions have caused lifelong suffering and have had a severe impact on the patient’s ability to work. In many cases, the infected blood transfusions lead to an early death. The Scottish Government set up the Penrose Enquiry…

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20% of England’s radiotherapy machines past scrappage date

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cancer Diagnosis

An investigation carried out under the Freedom of Information act, has revealed that one in five of the radiotherapy machines being used in hospitals throughout England, are past their scrappage date. The European Society of Radiology recommends that in order to keep up with advances in technology and offer the best treatment possible, machines should not operate for more than 10 years. Older machines can be putting patients at serious risk, according to the report, as lack of precision can be creating serious side effects that could cause irreversible harm. “not getting…

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North Bristol NHS trust fined £1.2m for failing to achieve surgery targets

Posted in: Medical NegligenceSpine & Back Injuries

North Bristol NHS Trust’s Bristol Southmead Hospital has been fined £1.2 million for consistently failing to achieve NHS targets to carry out specialist spinal surgery. The NHS requires that patients requiring specialist spinal surgery should be treated within 18 weeks, however Bristol Southmead Hospital was found to be keeping patients waiting for more than a year. The hospital has acknowledged the problem and stated that increased referral numbers coupled with a lack of specialist staff was the cause of the problem. The fine, imposed by NHS England, comes further to a specific…

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Mental health patients travelling 50 miles for medical care

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Since it was closed in September of last year, patients of Bootham Park adult mental health unit in York have been travelling 50 miles to Roseberry Park in Middlesbrough to receive medical care. The unit was closed very suddenly in September following an unannounced visit by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) when it was found that patients were at “significant risk of harm”. The unit was given five days to close its doors, and since hundreds of vulnerable patients have been left with no assurances about their future care. Bootham Park was York’s…

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Disability support worker guilty of assaulting autistic woman

Posted in: Criminal Injury and AssaultMedical NegligenceNeck Injuries

Support worker Rachel Portsmouth has been found guilty of placing her hands around the neck of 20-year-old Chante Johnson and of hitting her with a slipper. Chante who has special needs and requires 24 hour care is a resident at Pegasus School, in Caldwell. She suffers from severe autism and has great difficulty communicating. She has no decision making capacity and a very limited awareness of danger. She can also be prone to violent outbursts. The offence took place on 21 February 2015. “This was a very severe matter” 40-year-old Portsmouth from Sycamore Road,…

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Concerns over lung disease diagnosis

Posted in: Employer NegligenceIndustrial Deafness and DiseaseMedical Negligence

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has asked a senior NHS expert to look into concerns raised following the diagnosis of lung disease in ex-mineworkers. The concerns were raised when the Union of Democratic Mineworkers paid for 2 redundant ex-miners to have CT scans of their lungs privately. It was discovered that both miners from Nottinghamshire were suffering from pneumoconiosis despite previous X-rays in 2013 coming back marked as “satisfactory”. The union is now calling for all former miners to get CT scans following the results of Ray Nunn and Crawford Hunter, both…

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“Inadequate” NHS trust services

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Services at Wye Valley NHS Trust Hereford Hospital have been found to be “inadequate” upon inspection by the Trust Development Authority in October 2014.  The inspection resulted in the hospital being placed in special measures, stating that particular concern was raised to medical care and emergency services. In February of 2015 an improvement director was appointed by the Trust and a further announced inspection took place in September of 2015. Yet a further inspection, this time unannounced, was carried out at the end of September and focus groups were held to discuss…

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Number of district nurses fallen by 40%

Posted in: Medical Negligence

For over 150 years, district nurses have been supporting people in their own homes, keeping them out of hospital.  Official figures are showing, however, that the number of district nurses has fallen by 40% in the past 10 years. The Health and Social Care Information Centre has reported that where a decade ago there were around 13000 district nurses working for the NHS in England, there are now fewer than 7500, many of whom are close to retirement age. At the same time, the pressure on hospital accident and emergency departments…

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Medical negligence victim wins £2m after losing eyesight

Posted in: Medical NegligenceSporting Injuries

A man from Saughall Massie has been awarded £2million in compensation after hospital staff failed to save the sight in his one working eye. 39-year-old Colin Fortune lost the sight in his right eye in 2001 following a sports accident. However, when doctors failed to monitor and treat his left eye, he was left completely blind. The father-of-four had already undergone an operation at Royal Liverpool Hospital when his remaining sight began to worsen, however it was not enough and the staff at Arrowe Park Hospital failed to save his…

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£225K medical negligence compensation over misdiagnosis

Posted in: Medical NegligenceSpine & Back Injuries

A lorry driver has been awarded £225K in compensation after GPs on two separate occasions failed to identify Cauda Equina Syndrome. 54-year-old Martyn Wall injured his back five years ago while repositioning road signs from his lorry. When he attended his GP practice, however, he was told it was muscle strain and was prescribed basic pain killers. Due to the delay in treatment for the Cauda Equina Syndrome – a crippling back condition affecting the nerve roots of the spinal canal – Mr Wall has been left in constant pain…

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Hospital trust fined over patient deaths

Posted in: Medical NegligencePublic Place AccidentsWrongful & Accidental Death

An NHS trust has been fined after it was discovered that basic errors caused the deaths of four patients. The trust that previously ran Stafford Hospital, Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, admitted four charges relating to the deaths of elderly people between 2005 and 2014.  Where the trust was originally fined £500,000 for the “blunders”, the Department of Health has agreed to cover the fine, and additional £35,000 in costs, seeing as the trust is now defunct and has no funds. Injected with penicillin despite allergy warnings The case was…

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90-year-old left on hospital trolley for 11 hours

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham has issued an apology to 90 year-old Margaret Slater after leaving her to lie on a trolley in the Accident and Emergency department on 11 November without food or water for 11 hours. The dementia patient was taken to the hospital suffering from severe hallucinations and was seen by a nurse upon her arrival. Three hours later she was seen by a doctor who said that she should be admitted to the hospital, however she was left where she was for a further eight hours before…

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Maternity staff errors cause baby death

Posted in: Birth InjuryMedical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

A hospital trust has admitted to errors that resulted in the death of a newborn baby earlier this year. The baby girl died only two days after being born, with an investigation finding that she would have survived had her mother been given a caesarean section sooner. Delilah Hubbard died on 9 March in Leicester Royal Infirmary’s neonatal unit. The University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust admitted to a number of failings that led to the death of the baby. The mother, 25-year-old Clara Bassford, had been classed as a…

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Care home closed over “serious” care and hygiene failings

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Following an investigation carried out by Care Quality Commission, which uncovered unacceptable practices and abuse of patients, Clitheroe’s Calderstones Hospital, the UK’s only specialist hospital for patients with learning disabilities, will close. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission heavily criticised the hospital in December upon completion of a widespread review carried out by them. The Care Quality Commission discovered that staffing levels were not adequate to care sufficiently for the patients in the 233 beds, that there were too many instances of patients being restrained while face down, as well as…

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Hospital criticised over cancer diagnosis delay

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cancer Diagnosis

A hospital in Redhill has been criticised over delays in the diagnosis of a patient’s breast cancer following a government watchdog investigation. The patient, who remains anonymous, was referred to East Surrey Hospital after finding a lump in her breast. The ombudsman claimed that the hospital carried out both a mammogram and an ultrasound after her referral in the early summer of 2013, but neither tests confirmed breast cancer. After failing to carry out a needle biopsy, her cancer took a total of eight weeks to be diagnosed. The trust…

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Psychiatric hospital closed for putting patients at ‘serious risk’

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Despite a recent £2million investment in a psychiatric hospital in York, the hospital has been closed because patients were found to be at ‘serious risk’. The Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) carried out a critical inspection at the Bootham Park psychiatric hospital in 2014, which ordered that serious improvements were made. Despite a £2m spend on improvements, a Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection earlier this month made some worrying findings and ordered the hospital to be closed and clinical services moved. Improve water hygiene Following the 2014 inspection…

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Care home patients ‘at risk’ of malnutrition and dehydration

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) report highlighted some worrying findings after a recent inspection of a Warrington care home found that residents were “at risk of dehydration and malnutrition”. The report noted a number of serious concerns at the care home, including the fact that staff at Birch Court lacked general patient contact skills and were also unable to answer basic healthcare-related questions. It was even found that some patients were being locked in their rooms, and because of failings with regards to the proper use of safeguards, their…

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Mother calls for improved rugby safety following son’s brain damage

Posted in: Head and Brain InjuriesMedical NegligenceSporting Injuries

Passionate rugby player David Griffiths was only 16-years-old when he suffered permanent brain damage during a rugby match. The incident left him with severe memory, behavioural and concentration issues, to the extent that he required around-the-clock care. 13 years after the accident, devastated mother Mandy Griffiths has had her voice heard as she fights to see better safety precautions put in place at youth-level rugby. The incident happened when Mr Griffiths had been playing scrum half for Pill Harriers RFC. He took a knock to the head, but continued to…

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Inspection reveals emergency patients are ‘at risk’ in A&E department

Posted in: Medical Negligence

According to the information gathered by a health watchdog during an inspection in March, emergency patients at a Worcestershire hospital are ‘at risk’. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection made some worrying findings at Worcestershire Royal’s emergency department, such as equipment being unclean and past its expiry date and no security measures being in place. The inspection was carried out without any previous warning following concerns flagged up in the accident and emergency departments of the Royal and Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital. Both hospitals were found to be “high-risk services”. The…

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Grieving husband wins six-figure payout

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

A man has been awarded a six-figure payout after his wife died from a blocked artery following a routine operation. 58-year-old Nicola Tweedy, from Pulham Market, was admitted to Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for routine surgery for varicose veins in March 2014. However, she died shortly after the operation from a blocked artery. A spokesperson from the hospital wrote in a letter to Mrs Tweedy’s grieving husband, Chris, that they could have provided her with better treatment. Anna Dugdale, the hospital’s chief executive, offered Mr Tweedy her “sincerest apologies”…

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Birth Injury Claims & Compensation in Bristol & Avon

Posted in: Birth InjuryMedical Negligence

As a parent, the expectation of a new arrival baby should always be one of lives most joyous occasions. Unfortunately accidents can happen, and whilst rare, the affects can be devastating. In many cases it will be due to medical negligence. However the birth injury occurred, our personal injury claims team are able to support parents at this time. Specialists in Clinical Negligence Call our friendly team for guidance regarding compensation. With nationwide statistics showing that nearly 8% of babies are hurt during child birth, our…

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Plastic Surgery & Cosmetic Injury Claims in Bristol

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cosmetic Surgery

Botched or bad surgery can be traumatic. Call now for your compensation options. In most cases, a cosmetic procedure should be straight-forward, but when they do go wrong the consequences for the patient can be very serious. Many people affected with botched plastic and cosmetic surgery can be left not just with physical scars, but also psychological ones too. What You Can Do When Cosmetic Surgery Has Gone Wrong? Of course, nothing can truly compensate for the stress you feel as a result of bad cosmetic…

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Beauty Procedure Claims Including Bad Tattoos, Sunbeds, and Hairdressers in Bristol

Posted in: Negligent Cosmetic Surgery

More and more women and men are now having procedures to make them feel better about themselves, to be feel more attractive, or simply due to their own internal desires. Procedures includes tattoos, waxing, using sunbeds, and having body piercings. But what happens when it goes wrong? Types of Personal Injury Claims There are many different types of beauty treatments and procedures that you can have, but if they go wrong where do you stand legally? The following is a list of procedures that have gone wrong and where Bristol…

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Inadequate end of life support

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Researchers at the London School of Economics have stated that more than 100,000 people a year who require end of life care are just not getting it. Their recently published report describes the current system as sadly lacking and in need of a “major overhaul”. Terminally ill patients are being left suffering with insufficient pain relief and support. In the report it was identified that increase in demand due to patients living longer meant that access to good care was unequally shared, with the problem forecast to deteriorate as time passes. People…

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Migrant sues government over medication triggering psychosis

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A Nigerian migrant is suing the government over the claim that her psychosis was triggered by medication given to her at an immigration removal centre. The 36-year-old, known as GB, was prescribed an anti-malaria drug during her time at the Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre after she outstayed her visa. A High Court judge has ruled that GB is permitted to bring her negligence case forward against the Home Office. Government lawyers have disputed this allegation, saying that it is in fact the operators Serco or the individual doctor who…

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Former partner suing NHS trust for £1million

Posted in: Birth InjuryHead and Brain InjuriesMedical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

The former partner of a woman who fell into a coma after giving birth to a son, who later died, is suing the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust for £1million. 46-year-old Christian Cooper remains in a ‘minimally responsive state’ and lives in a nursing home after suffering the heart attack at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in July 2005.  Her former partner, Julian Harrington, claims that hospital staff failed to explain the possible risks involved in a conventional delivery. Ms Cooper had given birth to her two previous children by Caesarean…

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NHS apology over ‘unacceptable’ wait

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNHS Claims

A woman who was forced to wait for a year to have an operation for her severely painful womb condition has been sent an apology from the NHS. Dawn O’Toole was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2014 – a painful condition whereby tissue that behaves like that in the lining of the womb, is found outside the womb. She urgently required a hysterectomy following the diagnosis, but never received an operation date. She was forced to wait for a year to have a full hysterectomy and colon-rectal surgery, despite being in such…

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Mental health outsourcing raises concerns

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Campaigners argue that a health trust’s new plan to outsource mental health care by putting patients on Skype to workers in “lower wage countries” is unacceptable. The idea was proposed in a recent report put forward by the mental health trust for Norfolk and Suffolk.  Unison, which represents mental health staff, said that the idea failed to show any understanding of how mental health care actually works. A trust spokesman said that the proposal was looked at by the government but immediately dismissed. The idea was first raised at the…

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Brain tumour surgery finally goes ahead after being cancelled three times

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cancer Diagnosis

A woman has finally had her brain tumour removed after her operation was cancelled and rescheduled three times. 24-year-old Emily Bennet, from Fernhill Heath near Worcester, was originally meant to have her tumour removed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the beginning of December. However, it was cancelled because a more severe case required her operation slot at the hospital. The malignant brain tumour was originally removed when she was eight years old, but resulted in her having a slow-growing benign tumour. Despite not being life-threatening, the tumour was…

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Family seek answers following spleen rupture death

Posted in: Bicycle AccidentsMedical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

The family of a man who died of an undiagnosed ruptured spleen has described the fact that nobody has been held accountable for their son’s death as “shameful”. John Moore-Robinson, aged 20, died after being sent home from Stafford Hospital with a ruptured spleen that doctors had failed to recognise. His parents, Frank and Janet Robinson, feel that someone should be held accountable. Mr Moore-Robinson died in his Leicestershire home in 2006. He had been admitted to hospital following a bike accident on Cannock Chase, but was sent home diagnosed…

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Psychiatric hospital “unsuitable and unsafe”

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A psychiatric hospital in York is to be closed after inspectors described it as “unsuitable and unsafe for patients”.  The Archbishop of York originally built the hospital in 1777 as the ‘County Lunatic Asylum’, which was later changed to the Bootham Park Hospital. The hospital houses two acute admission wards, one for men and one for women, and also has an elderly assessment unit for people aged over 65. A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), however, found the hospital to be no longer safe for patients. The Labour…

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How We Can Help With Medical Negligence Claims on a Local Level This Year

Posted in: Medical Negligence

It’s a fact of life that most of us, at some point, will need the care and attention of medical professionals. In most cases, we will be offered the best care possible, and will receive a fantastic service. But what happens when something goes wrong? Cases such as this are known as clinical negligence, and used to be referred to as medical negligence claims. If you or someone in your family has been affected in this way, then you can call us to speak to a claims expert who will be able to…

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Hospital review following teenager’s death

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

A review has been opened into the care received by a teenager at Redhill’s East Surrey Hospital after she died in August. 19-year-old Georgina Weaver was admitted to the hospital with complaints of severe headaches and blurred vision. Georgina’s parents are still waiting to hear the actual cause of their daughter’s death following delays in the post-mortem examination. A specialist from the US believes that the condition Georgina was suffering with was Chiari. Chiari is a condition that causes the brain to press onto the spinal chord – a condition that…

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Hospital apologises following patient death

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cancer DiagnosisWrongful & Accidental Death

An East Sussex hospital has apologised to the family of a breast cancer patient who died following an operation in 2012. 35-year-old Nicole Haynes was undergoing a routine procedure at the Eastbourne District General Hospital to remove a tumour from her adrenal gland when the surgeon accidentally “clipped the wrong vessels”. It was heard that surgeon Steve Garnett had “misidentified” the arteries which caused the death of Mrs Haynes. An inquest at Eastbourne Town Hall heard that the surgeon had “readily admitted” to the surgical error. The mother-of-one had been undergoing…

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Clinical & Medical Negligence Solicitors Bristol

Posted in: Medical Negligence

If you are looking for clinical negligence solicitors serving Bristol then make sure that you call us on our telephone number. We have a network of the very best medical negligence solicitors serving Bristol and can connect you up with a qualified lawyer who can assess and proceed with your case. Clinical Negligence Solicitors Bristol Becoming the victim of clinical and medical negligence or malpractice can be a frightening experience. UK healthcare professionals are in the main excellent and caring, but occasionally things can go wrong. That’s where we can…

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Hospital screenings leading to both misdiagnosis and overdiagnosis

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNegligent Cancer DiagnosisNHS Claims

With screenings playing an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous illnesses, such as cancer, the NHS has recently been criticised for not using the equipment adequately. The Science and Technology Committee has accused the NHS of “poor communication” on the issue of screenings, with people all over the UK being subject to both misdiagnosis and “overdiagnosis”. In 2012 screening was raised as a controversial issue with regards to the treatment of breast cancer. Figures found that for every woman saved by early treatment, three women underwent treatment for cancer…

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£37.8 million paid out to patients by health trust

Posted in: Birth InjuryHead and Brain InjuriesMedical Negligence

After a family recently received compensation for the brain damage of their son following a hospital error, figures have revealed that the health trust has paid out over £37.8 million to patients in the last ten years. Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust agreed to compensate the family of Cody Lyster-Hughes £6.5m earlier this week – one of the biggest payouts the health trust has ever made. Following the announcement of this settlement, figures detailing other payouts were released under the Freedom of Information Act. It was found…

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Care failings responsible for teenage death

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

A special care unit for people with learning disabilities is ‘unlikely to reopen’ after a teenage boy died in the bath last year. 18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk was found unconscious in a bath at Slade House, Headington, Oxford, on the 4th of July last year. He died in hospital later that day. A recently released report ruled that the boy’s death could easily have been prevented. A post-mortem examination confirmed that Connor’s death was definitely caused by drowning; yet Connor suffered with severe epilepsy, which could have led to his head being…

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Emergency patients face long queues

Posted in: Medical Negligence

According to new research, patients have to wait in ambulance queues outside of A&E for hours before being seen by a doctor. Last year more than 300,000 ambulances were forced to queue outside of hospitals in England with patients inside. With a national waiting time target of 15 minutes, one patient waited for more than eight hours in an ambulance before being seen by a doctor. The Department of Health agreed that these long waits were “unacceptable”, but said that there had been great improvements this year. They said that…

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Care home patients ‘at risk’

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A recent inspection at a West Haddon care home has made some worrying findings concerning health and safety precautions. Foxhill Manor Nursing Home currently provides long-term Nursing Care to 34 patients, Respite Care and Day Care 7 days a week; however, the Care Quality Commission inspectors found numerous faulty appliances, scalding tap water and broken windows at the home, all of which could cause serious injury.  Many patients that suffer with degenerative conditions, such as dementia, are treated at the home. With a ‘philosophy’ that “aims to provide its Service Users…

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Out-of-hours concerns highlighted by report

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A confidential report into the out-of-hours services in the Southern Health Trust has highlighted numerous concerns regarding the way that it operates. One GP described going to work as “walking into hell”, with the out-of-hours service accommodating a culture of threats and harassment, and poor patient safety. The information was gathered in a series of workshops which spoke to 32 out-of-hours doctors. The workshops aimed to assess the overall opinion and morale of the staff involved in the service. The report highlighted a desperate lack of leadership and a worrying lack of vision…

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Organ damage mistaken for bug by doctors

Posted in: Medical NegligenceNHS Claims

A father-of-six nearly died after doctors repeatedly misdiagnosed his bowel damage for a stomach bug. Stuart Pashley, from Clay Cross, Derbyshire, was denied treatment by NHS staff on multiple occasions, as doctors continued to diagnose him with a common stomach bug. One doctor actually told Mr Pashley not to go to hospital as “sickness bugs can close hospital wards and kill people”. 47-year-old Mr Pashley was in “excruciating pain” but was told by medical staff to take painkillers. The pain began on 7th March when he awoke in the middle of…

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Brain injury patients face devastating cuts

Posted in: Head and Brain InjuriesMedical Negligence

Those who suffer with a brain injury are to face savage cuts to rehabilitation services, resulting in thousands of patients being denied help. This finding comes as a result of an investigation carried out by the brain injury charity Headway, who worry that the cuts will cost the taxpayer far more money in the long run.  Millions of sufferers in the UK have been forced to settle for a poorer quality of living after local authority, NHS funding and welfare budget reforms has led to rehabilitation and support services being withdrawn. …

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Twenty-year fight for medical negligence compensation

Posted in: Head and Brain InjuriesMedical Negligence

The family of a girl who was left severely brain damaged after an operation has finally been awarded compensation following a twenty-year battle. Nathalie Sugden was left with serious brain damage as a result of failures during a heart operation at Bristol Royal Infirmary. The operation was carried out a month after her birth, August 1994, by a surgeon who was struck off for incompetence by the GMC following the failed operation. Nathalie’s family has battled for twenty years to gain compensation for the medical negligence suffered under the Bristol…

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Bristol NHS ‘disgusting’

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

The family of a young boy who died shortly after heart surgery in Bristol Children’s Hospital have referred to NHS issues as “disgusting”. Luke Jenkins (7) was submitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital having suffered a cardiac arrest; he died shortly after heart surgery in March 2012. Luke’s parents recently discovered that his death was not recorded accurately in official figures submitted by the hospital. They complained to the medical director of the NHS, who replied with an apology admitting that there must have been a data error. Bristol’s NHS trust were unable…

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NHS trust paid out £24.4m in last year alone

Posted in: Birth InjuryHead and Brain InjuriesMedical NegligenceNHS Claims

Oxfordshire hospital trust has paid out more than any other hospital authority due to ‘mistakes and blunders’ in 2013.  Figures have revealed that the trust has seen a surge in cases, having risen by 1,000 percent in less than a decade. When figures were first published in 2003/04, Oxfordshire paid out £2.3m to claimants, which has risen to almost £25m in 2013. Figures have shown that Oxfordshire has paid out £113.7m to claimants in the last 10 years. Where the number of claims being awarded has increased, so has the amount…

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Did staff shortages cause patient to fall?

Posted in: Hip InjuriesMedical Negligence

After an 84-year-old man died after falling and breaking his hip at the Ramsey Unit in the grounds of Furness General Hospital last year, a coroner has ruled that the fatal fall was unpreventable. David Mole from Haverigg in southwest Cumbria died in July of last year after falling at an under-fire dementia care unit in Barrow. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) issued the unit with two warning notices regarding “chronic staff shortages” only last month. South Cumbria coroner, Ian Smith, however, argued that: “staffing levels were not what caused David…

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NHS hospital trust threatened with urgent action or leadership change

Posted in: Medical Negligence

After Medway NHS Trust was placed under special measures following the Keogh report earlier in the year, the lack of improvement has resulted in the trust being threatened with urgent action or a leadership change if services don’t get better. The hospital trust was put under special measures after major failings were identified across multiple departments. Despite this, health regulator ‘Monitor’ has recently discovered that the hospital’s problems are much greater than first anticipated. As a result of this, new conditions have been enforced on the trust’s license to ensure that…

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Elderly patient died after ambulance crew lost keys

Posted in: Medical NegligenceSpine & Back InjuriesWrongful & Accidental Death

An NHS report has revealed that last month an 87-year-old man died after an East Midlands Ambulance Service crew lost the keys to their vehicle. The elderly man had suffered a cardiac arrest on a local golf course, Derbyshire golf pavilion, and died there despite having been provided with treatment. The report does not explicitly state that the lack of hospital transport was the reason for his death, but it has been listed as one of the eight EMAS incidents that were highlighted as being particularly serious in October. NHS England…

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Negligent doctors and nurses could face jail

Posted in: Criminal Injury and AssaultMedical Negligence

The government has proposed new legislation that will see willful negligence being treated as a criminal offence under NHS changes that are to be revealed next week. This decision has been made following the recent Mid Staffordshire scandal and others similar, which will see those guilty of “willful neglect” being sentenced to jail. If found guilty, the offence will be punishable by up to five years in prison under the Mental Capacity Act. Despite many seeing this as a step in the right direction for the NHS, Doctors’ Leaders fear…

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Hospital delays responsible for man’s death

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

A coroner has described 63-year-old Mike Martin’s case as “unacceptable” after he had to wait 13 hours in hospital before being taken into surgery, and sadly died during the wait. Mr Martin was taken into Northampton General Hospital in February 2012 after complaining of such severe pain that he could not lie down – he was then left for 13 hours before surgery was available to him. On Mr Martin’s arrival at the hospital, the A&E registrar diagnosed him as probably suffering from a strangulated hernia and recommended immediate surgery. This,…

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Health visitor struck off after failing to recognise baby’s broken arm

Posted in: Arm InjuryBirth InjuryMedical Negligence

A health visitor working for Cambridgeshire Community Services has been struck off after failing to recognise that a baby in her care had a broken arm. Despite the mother of the baby raising concern over worrying bruising that had appeared on her baby’s arm, Deborah Kendall failed to carry out any examination and failed to recognise the breakage. The mother and her baby had been under the care of Ms. Kendall since March 2011 – who was based near Ely at the time – and had around 35 years of experience…

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Stafford nurse struck off following patient’s death

Posted in: Medical NegligenceWrongful & Accidental Death

After Gillian Astbury (66) died at Stafford Hospital in 2007 after not receiving insulin, the nurse who failed to identify her diabetes has now been struck off. July saw the two nurses responsible, Ann King and Jeannette Coulson, being deemed guilty of medical misconduct by a Nursing and Midwifery panel. Jeannette Coulson has been given a cautionary charge that will last three years, while Ann King has been completely struck off by the panel. A hearing that took place earlier in the year found that both nurses were guilty of numerous acts…

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Retired Nurses Investigate Why Patient Care Standards Are Slipping

Posted in: Medical Negligence

With fears on the rise about the standard of basic nursing care in our NHS, a recent BBC clip followed two retired nurses, Trudy O’Connor and Deborah Harrison, to investigate whether or not standards really have slipped. Having themselves trained in 1968, they believe that the current level of care is not as high as it was when they were nurses.  One of them complained that when her son was in hospital, he was not washed in nine days, and when there, she also witnessed an elderly patient struggling to eat…

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Hospital cleanliness causes concern

Posted in: Medical Negligence

With the Clostridium difficile (C. diff) bug causing major concern within the NHS, a woman has died after frequently complaining about a lack of hand washing in her ward. Ann Gregory (81), from Colwyn Bay, was being treated at the Clan Clwyd hospital in Denbighshire, and a community hospital, after suffering a stroke. She had frequently complained to her daughter, Judith Gavin, about the way in which hospital staff took no notice of hand washing reminders, and said she was “appalled” by what she had witnessed in her time at the hospital.…

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Centre's Measles anti-vaccination claims ‘not supported by objective scientific evidence’

Posted in: Medical Negligence

The Cheshire-based Children’s Immunisation Centre – who had been selling separate mumps, measles and rubella vaccines – has received numerous complaints after claiming online that a link was present between the MMR jab and autism. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) told the centre to remove the “misleading” claim from their website, arguing that it “could have caused fear and distress”. Earlier in the year, the Swansea-area measles epidemic saw the death of one person out of 1,219 suspected measles cases. In an attempt to keep the epidemic under control, health…

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Hospital fire shuts minor injury ward in South Bristol

Posted in: Medical Negligence

A small fire in the newly opened South Bristol Community Hospital has meant that patients requiring urgent medical advice are being forced to go to their GP, a walk-in centre, or an A&E department. The fire broke out in the early hours of the morning, which forced staff to cancel and rearrange scheduled procedures and appointments. A total of 58 patients were in the building at the time when the fire was discovered in a plant room on the roof (04:25 BST). The fire was put out by two CO2 fire…

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Bed blocking causes pressure increase in hospitals

Posted in: Medical Negligence

It has recently been noted, by the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, that ‘bed blocking’ is becoming an increasing issue across the trusts’ three hospitals – resulting in additional pressure on the hospitals’ circulation.  ‘Bed blocking’ is a term used to describe the scenario, which many hospitals are currently faced with, whereby patients are unable to leave hospitals due to a lack in availability of external care when they leave.   Highest figure in three years Figures from April suggest that an average of 31 patients a day were awaiting discharge…

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Never events in Plymouth hospitals

Posted in: Medical Negligence

Plymouth NHS Trust has recently published a statement in which it reports five never events have taken place in its hospitals since November 2012. According to the Department of Health, never events are serious patient safety incidents that, by definition, should never happen. Never events include events such as surgery on the wrong part of the body, or surgical instruments being left in the body after an operation. In its statement, the NHS Trust says: “The Trust takes these incidents extremely seriously and is taking appropriate action to improve patient…

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