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Case Report HH v West Cumberland Hospital - Negligent longer stay in Intensive Care

The case related to unacceptable failures to respond to the Claimant’s deteriorating condition during the post-operative period that delayed surgical intervention and led to her suffering avoidable pain and requiring an additional period of intensive care.   The Claimant’s past medical history included total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo oophorectomy in 1990 and right hemicolectomy for bowel cancer in 2006. In 2012, she... […]

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A Case of Inadequate Decompression of the Spinal Cord

*H.C. And Hull and East Yorkshire NHS Trust* *The Medical Treatment* Circumstances surrounding the claim arose on 17 October 2016 when the Claimant underwent an MRI scan of her cervical spine. Following the MRI scan, the Claimant was referred urgently to neurosurgery as her scan was suggestive of compressive myelopathy at C5/C6. The Claimant attended a consultation with a Consultant Neurosurgeon, in December... […]

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Delayed Diagnosis of Necrotising Fasciitis

In this case, the Claimant, who as a result of the Defendant’s negligence, suffered a delay of some 24 hours in the diagnosis of the flesh-eating disease, necrotising fasciitis, which was a significant delay in consideration of the Claimant’s pre-existing diabetes which was known to exacerbate the disease. It was alleged that the delay could have been avoided but for... […]

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Newspapers report that more than 90 babies died or suffered severe harm due to disastrous failings at Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust

An internal status update on a review of clinical malpractice in the maternity service of Shrewsbury and Telford hospital NHS Trust initially leaked to the Independent[https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/shrewsbury-maternity-scandal/nhs-maternity-scandal-shrewsbury-telford-hospitals-mothers-babies-report-a9207176.html], found that there was a “toxic” culture at the Trust. The Telegraph has reported[https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/11/19/shrewsbury-telford-42-babies-three-mothers-died-nhs-trust-worst/] that problems at the Trust stretch back 40 years and have led to the deaths of 42 babies and three mothers,... […]

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Coroner reports that Child’s death could have been prevented

On 12 April 2019 HM’s Senior Coroner for Gateshead & South Tyneside, Mr Terrance Carney, sent a Regulation 28 Report to Gateshead Health NHS Trust, the Chief Coroner and the local safeguarding board calling for urgent changes to the Trust’s policies for management of pregnancies and further staff training in order to prevent future deaths. He explained that he had investigated... […]

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Incorrect Metal Plates May Have Been Used Treat Fractured Bones

*Orthopaedic Surgery* The BBC[https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47203055] has reported that the wrong metal plates may have been inserted into thousands of patients who had been treated for broken bones over the past 12 months. Hospitals have been advised to review the X-rays of around 5,500 patients who have undergone surgery for fractures of the long bones, such as arms and legs, over the past year. In... […]

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Patients affected by delayed radiology results

Yesterday, the BBC reported that the regulator of heath care services in England has called for a limit on the length of time in reporting the results of patients' x-rays and scans. In a review of radiology practices, the Care Quality Commission found that the process could vary from one hour to two working days in hospital A&Es. This has resulted in... […]

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Missed Breast Cancer Screenings

On 2nd May 2018 the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, announced that an estimated 450,000 women in England[https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/02/jeremy-hunt-to-launch-inquiry-into-450000-missed-breast-cancer-screenings] were not invited to their final breast-screening mammogram, between the ages of 68 and 71, as a result of an IT failure[https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/may/02/the-computer-glitch-that-led-to-the-breast-screening-disaster] dating back to 2009. He said that he estimated that between 135 and 270 women “may have had their lives shortened as... […]

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