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I deal with all areas of clinical negligence assisting people in bringing claims against NHS Trusts, GPs, and doctors in private practice. I have dealt with claims involving delays in diagnosing meningitis and cancer, malnutrition, cauda equina syndrome, and substandard surgery.
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“The first-hand accounts we have heard from women who were treated at Southmead Hospital and the Spire hospital in Bristol are very similar and, of course, extremely worrying.
“We have been instructed to investigate these concerns and our investigations are currently at an early stage. However, it is important that patients come forward with their concerns if they believe the level of care they received at Southmead Hospital fell short of required standards.
“It is vital that if the NHS trust’s investigation finds any shortcomings that lessons are learned to improve patient safety.”
“We are very concerned by what we have heard and although the legal action is at a very early stage, the fact that several people have already come forward complaining of similar issues is worth investigating.
“The main issue seems to be people undergoing what is known as a STARR procedure, a resection of the rectum usually performed when there have been symptoms of obstructed defecation. There are also questions about whether they consented to the procedures they underwent as, in some circumstances, the decision to undertake a far more invasive procedure appears to have been taken whilst the patient is under anaesthetic.
“The patients have told us that they have spoken to others affected too and there are concerns that there may be other women who are not aware of the complications. They just want to ensure that the issues are properly investigated and that any potential lessons are learned to improve patient safety where possible.”
“Medical staff at the Avon Orthopaedic Centre did not recognise the signs of infection early enough and this led to his irreversible injuries, Had they done so, he would have been treated much sooner and this would have promptly cured the infection. Unfortunately, by the time it was spotted it was too late because the infection was so deep-seated that amputation of his left leg was the only option.
“We are pleased North Bristol NHS Trust has admitted that there were issues with Michael’s care as it has allowed us to secure him access to vital funding to help with his future care needs and equipment.
“It is essential that all hospital staff have a greater awareness of the symptoms of post-operative infections and that they follow the correct protocol to ensure any patient displaying those symptoms are thoroughly tested so that they can be treated promptly should they require it.
“The outcome in this case has been extremely difficult for Michael and all of his family who have experienced a dreadful ordeal. We are hopeful that raising awareness of this case will mean that appropriate steps are implemented and lessons learnt so the same mistakes cannot happen again.”
This is a truly tragic case that has left two little boys without a father and Alicia shocked and devastated by the sudden loss of her husband; having been together since they left school.
“It is obviously very difficult for the family to come to terms with the fact that had Rikki been referred to a doctor and given a simple course of antibiotics to treat the ear infection, he would in all likelihood still be alive today.
“Instead, the family now have to live with knowing that more could have been done to prevent Rikki’s death and obviously no settlement can make up for that.
“We believe that diagnosis of ear infections can be difficult even for experienced doctors and it should not therefore be a diagnosis that nurses are asked to make without assistance. We do not believe that they should be put in that position.
“We are keen to see confirmation from the Trust about what training and procedures have been implemented to ensure the same errors cannot be made again and protect patient safety.”
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