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Case report 11/10/2019

A retained swab

A retained swab

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Basic safety checks were overlooked in this incident, which saw a claim against a consultant gynaecologist.

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Articles and features 04/06/2019

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

Learning from cases: specialty focus - General Surgery

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, Dr Heidi Mounsey, medical claims adviser, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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Articles and features 29/08/2018

Artificial intelligence: who’s liable?

Artificial intelligence: who’s liable?

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Advancements in medical technology can bring huge benefits for patients and clinicians alike – but new approaches can also mean new risks. Dr Helen Hartley, Head of Underwriting Policy at Medical Protection, looks at where the liability lies for artificial intelligence.

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Case report 26/10/2017

Lost in translation

Lost in translation

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Mrs S, a 27-year-old Romanian woman who lived with her husband in the UK, became pregnant and presented to her local GP surgery to commence antenatal care. Mrs S did not speak English and usually brought a family member with her to interpret.

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Factsheet 01/10/2015

NHS complaints procedure - Wales

NHS complaints procedure - Wales

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New regulations on NHS complaints in Wales came into force on 1 April 2011. The regulations, along with guidance, are designed to make complaints handling open and accountable, fair and proportionate, and patient-focused – with a view to seeking continuous improvement.

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Case report 01/05/2015

Pulled in all directions

Pulled in all directions

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Mrs J was a 32-year-old female patient with a long history of neck pain following a road traffic accident. The pain was localised to the left side of the neck and left shoulder, with only very occasional paraesthesia in her left hand.

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Factsheet 04/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

Removal of medical equipment after death - Wales

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Factsheet 03/11/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

Removal of medical equipment after death - England

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Case report 14/09/2014

The elusive diagnosis

The elusive diagnosis

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Mr M, 50 years old, suffered chronic ill-health due to spinal fusion, chronic bronchitis and asthma. He was a regular attendee at the surgery of Drs C and D, with sinusitis. In March 2005, Mr M saw Dr D with a similar complaint and she administered him with a flu jab, particularly as Mr M often failed to attend chronic monitoring clinics. The notes from the consultation said: “Upper respiratory tract infection NOS. Catarrh following URTI 2/52 ago is well. O/E ENT NAD chest flu jab given.”

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Casebook 03/09/2014

The story of Beth Bowen

The story of Beth Bowen

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In 2007 Clare Bowen’s five-year-old daughter Beth died during surgery at a hospital in the UK. Here she tells her story to Sara Dawson – and relays her hopes that it will reduce the likelihood of such an incident happening again

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Factsheet 01/07/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

Removal of medical equipment after death - Scotland

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the Procurator Fiscal. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Factsheet 01/04/2014

Removal of medical equipment after death

Removal of medical equipment after death

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If a patient dies and the death is reportable to the coroner, you should leave all equipment in place until you have discussed the case with the coroner’s officer. This factsheet gives you further information about what to do.

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Articles and features 05/09/2013

Robodoc

Robodoc

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Patient safety in healthcare has never been more in the spotlight. Events such as the Stafford Hospital scandal and the subsequent Francis Report have raised awareness that at times patients receive suboptimal care.

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Case report 01/09/2011

Right level, wrong site

Right level, wrong site

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Mr G, a 40-year-old manager, saw Mr S, a spinal surgeon, in his consultation room with a short history of sciatica. Mr G presented with two weeks of back pain and pain radiating down the front of the left thigh to just below the knee.

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Case report 01/05/2011

Avoiding unnecessary surgery

Avoiding unnecessary surgery

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Mrs A, 50, had initially consulted her GP with heartburn and some minor weight loss. A gastroscopy was performed and demonstrated Grade A oesophagitis with a small hiatus hernia. Mrs A was started on a proton pump inhibitor; however, her symptoms persisted and she asked to see a specialist.

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Case report 01/05/2010

The one and only

The one and only

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Mr H, a 20-year-old sports student, presented to his GP complaining of an intermittent left groin swelling and pain in the same area when exercising. On examination, the GP noted a reducible swelling in the left groin consistent with an indirect inguinal hernia. He referred Mr H to the general surgery department of his local hospital, where Mr H was seen four weeks later by doctor in training, Dr T.

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Case report 01/09/2009

Consent? No sweat

Consent? No sweat

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Thirty-year-old Mr P had suffered from facial and palmar hyperhidrosis and blushing since he was 14. Over the years, he had tried various over-the-counter remedies and a period of psychotherapy with no success. Although he had learned to live with his condition to some extent, he found it socially inhibiting and believed that it was preventing him from progressing in his career as an accountant.

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