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I am a Partner and head the Medical Negligence team in our Newcastle office.
I have many years of experience dealing with medical negligence claims on behalf of clients and have dealt with a large number cases including: birth injury and cerebral palsy claims; orthopaedic and surgical claims; accident and emergency claims; failure to diagnose cancer and oncology claims; and claims resulting in fatality. I represent families at inquests in the coroners court.
Medical negligence claims can be very complex, but I work with clients not only to recover the compensation they deserve but to obtain answers to questions many clients have following negligent medical treatment. I recover interim payments whenever possible.
"She is very organised, pragmatic and relates well to her clients" - Chamber & Partners, 2017
'outstanding', 'particularly adept at dealing with delicate matters. - Legal 500 2016
"Very experienced and very knowledgeable" - Chambers & Partners 2016
She is "always on top of technical, medical or legal issues; she's seen it all. Her client care is top-drawer." - Chambers & Partners 2015
Angela Kirtley is 'tenacious' and has 'excellent knowledge' - Legal 500 2014
Angela Kirtley is ‘exceptionally hardworking’, and ‘a delight to work with; she knows her stuff and is always on the ball’ - Legal 500 2013
When I left university I worked as a careers advisor. I immediately recognised that this was not the career for me and having extensive knowledge of numerous other career opportunities, thought law would be really interesting. I therefore studied for a law degree on a part-time basis whilst working and never looked back.
Working with people and helping them get as much out of their lives after suffering appalling injuries to enable them to live as normal a life as possible.
Everyone at Irwin Mitchell works as hard as they can to do the very best for their clients. It is also a very friendly firm and everyone works well together.
In addition to chauffeuring my three boys around to swimming training, athletics club, bell ringing and rowing club, I am a member of Gateshead Harriers and have represented them recently in events. I also swim on a regular basis and enjoy cycling. I also have a beautiful Norwegian Forest cat called Fluff.
It is greatly distressing that so many crucial medical records, which are relied upon by a huge number of patients each day, can be misplaced in hospitals. The loss of records medical records might influence the diagnosis and treatment of a patient which can be incredibly dangerous.
Delays to potential treatment caused by the loss of records, may have life changing or fatal consequences for patients and their loved ones. Such disorganisation also runs the risk of allergies to certain drugs being missed, surgeries being cancelled or even going ahead without the necessary notes.
These alarming figures show just how essential it is that measures be put in place in order to prevent similar instances from occurring, not just here but in other NHS services throughout the country.
“Traumatic births are far more common that people realise and although the outcomes are varied, they are all deeply distressing for the families involved.
“Our clinical negligence team handles a number of cases involving traumatic births, often where babies have been left, stillborn or severely disabled at birth. In all cases, huge levels of support are required to help people through, not only in dealing with the demands of a disabled child but also negotiating their way through the various organisations who try to provide help but who are limited in what they can do by restricted resources.”
“It is simply unacceptable that any patients face a ‘postcode lottery’ in terms of the quality of care they can expect from the NHS – the standard of support on offer should not depend on where a person lives.
“Sadly, we have seen numerous cases where people have suffered injury or even worse as a result of problems in care which should have been avoided.
“With this in mind, we would urge the NHS and health authorities to carefully assess this analysis and determine what can be done to improve services across the board.
“The safety of patients should always come first and no one should be placed at risk.”
“Patient safety should always be the priority for the NHS and this must be the case throughout every stage of care.
“For many patients, their care and treatment does not end when they leave hospitals and, with this in mind, it is vital that systems are in place to ensure they always receive the right help upon discharge.
“This report suggests very basic improvements could have a major impact on a great number of lives, ensuring that patients are able to not only move forward with their recovery but also avoid the potential risk of readmission.
“It is vital that the NHS, the Government and other care services work together to ensure that patients are guaranteed a high standard of support.”
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