Review Widened To Include 110 Women Who Had Appointments At Ripley Hospital
Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell have spoken of their concern after an investigation into a gynaecologist’s work was extended to nearly 400 women.
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England launched a review into cases involving consultant Daniel Hay.
A total of 272 cases were under review. However, it has today been announced that this has been extended by another 110 – to 382 it total.
The 110 women underwent outpatient appointments at Ripley Hospital. The Trust said it was writing to the women affected.
Tim Annett is an expert medical negligence lawyer at Irwin Mitchell who represents women affected by gynaecology care.
Expert Opinion“There was already a great deal of concern amongst women about the care they had received, so today’s latest development is likely to add to that concern.
“While it’s likely that many more women will now be nervous and have questions we welcome the Trust’s pledge to undertake the most thorough review possible.
“Through our work we often see the pain and anguish women and their families have to endure following issues in their care.
“It’s now vital that women receive the care and support they may need to get through this difficult time. If during the course of investigations any failings are identified it’s imperative lessons are learned, and if appropriate, new procedures are put in place to improve patient safety.” Tim Annett - Partner
Royal Derby Hospital Staff Raise Concerns About Gynaecologist Daniel Hay
Staff at the Royal Derby Hospital raised concerns about the consultant's care in late 2018. , which prompted an investigation into 193 former patients who underwent procedures.
In September it was announced that the investigation was being extended to cover 272 cases between 2015 and 2018.
The 110 women added to the review underwent outpatient appointments at Ripley Hospital between April 2017 and July 2018, but did not undergo surgery.
The Trust said a review of their notes would be carried out by independent NHS gynaecology clinicians who work outside of the Trust.
Mr Hay has left the Trust.
Dr Magnus Harrison, executive medical director of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust said the latest widening of the review was a proactive measure “so that the review is as thorough as possible.”
Lawyers Investigate Derby Hospital Gynaecology Patient's Concerns
One case connected to the review that Irwin Mitchell is investigating is that of a woman who suffered a cut bowel during hysterectomy surgery at Royal Derby Hospital in June 2018.
The Trust said that other non-surgical treatment methods could have been considered and discussed with the woman before she underwent a hysterectomy.
It apologised for her care which “fell significantly below” standards.