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Case report 18/07/2019

An early presentation

An early presentation

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Baby T was eight weeks old when his mother brought him to his GP’s morning surgery. His mother had become increasingly concerned about his general irritability and frequent crying episodes, which lasted up to two hours. These had become apparent over the past three days, not settling with breast feeding.

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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 08/02/2019

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

Learning from cases - Anaesthesia

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

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

Record-keeping

Record-keeping

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Good medical records – whether electronic or handwritten – are essential for the continuity of care of your patients. Adequate medical records enable you or somebody else to reconstruct the essential parts of each patient contact without reference to memory. They should therefore be comprehensive enough to allow a colleague to carry on where you left off.

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Factsheet 19/12/2018

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

NHS Complaints Procedure - Wales

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The regulations on NHS complaints in Wales are designed to make complaints handling open and accountable, fair and proportionate, and patient-focused. The emphasis is on resolving concerns in a timely fashion, openly and honestly, and a philosophy of “investigate once, investigate well”.

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Factsheet 07/12/2018

Chaperones

Chaperones

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The medical consultation is a challenge to both doctor and patient, whether in the community or in hospital. The need for more detailed discussions with patients, along with their increasing autonomy and right to make choices in relation to their clinical care and treatment, has affected the traditional role of the doctor-patient relationship. This has made maintaining appropriate professional boundaries in the doctor-patient consultation more challenging, however, the guidance from national and regulatory bodies is clear that it is always the health professional's responsibility to do so.

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Articles and features 31/10/2018

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Gynaecology

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Gynaecology

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Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Karen Ellison, medicolegal consultant, look at the reasons behind medicolegal cases reported to us at Medical Protection.

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Case report 23/10/2018

Who else is in the room?

Who else is in the room?

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A patient undergoing a colonoscopy claims her modesty is disregarded during the procedure. What did Medical Protection do to tackle this allegation?

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Case report 21/09/2018

When is healthcare criminal?

When is healthcare criminal?

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The case of Dr Bawa-Garba and the resulting collision between the medical community and the criminal justice system, sent shockwaves around the world. Dr Richard Stacey, head of policy and technical at Medical Protection, analyses criminal cases handled by MPS in 2017 to gauge the likelihood of further charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

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Factsheet 08/08/2018

Inquests - Northern Ireland

Inquests - Northern Ireland

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the Coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who the person was and, how, when and where they died. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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08/08/2018

Inquests - Wales

Inquests - Wales

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An inquest is a fact-finding exercise that is conducted by the coroner and, in some cases, in front of a jury. The purpose of an inquest is to find out who died – when, where, how and in what circumstances. This factsheet gives further information about what happens at an inquest.

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Articles and features 19/06/2018

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Ophthalmology

Learning from cases: specialty focus - Ophthalmology

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What are the main drivers for risk in your specialty? Medical Protection is launching a new series of special articles looking at the key medicolegal risks in a range of specialties, in the UK. We begin with ophthalmology. Dr John Jolly, head of member risk education, and Dr Pallavi Bradshaw, senior medicolegal adviser and qualified ophthalmologist, look into the cases reported to Medical Protection over the past ten years.

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Case report 14/11/2017

A limping child

A limping child

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Three-year-old Matthew was brought to the local A&E department by his mum, Mrs U. She told Dr M, the attending doctor, that Matthew had fallen from a chair three days ago and, although he seemed unharmed at the time, he was now refusing to walk.

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