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Articles and features 19/11/2020

Storing images in medical records

Storing images in medical records

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The receipt and storage of images of patients is currently a common source of queries from our members, largely due to the increased use of remote consultations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ayisha Hooper, Case Manager at Medical Protection, reviews the relevant guidance.​

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Case report 13/11/2020

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

Alleged failure to investigate chest pain

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A GP faces a clinical negligence claim on the grounds of failure to undertake cardiac-related investigations. This case report looks at how MPS successfully sought mediation as an alternative form of dispute resolution, avoiding formal court proceedings.

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Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

Delayed diagnosis of renal disease leads to claim

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Patient facing kidney transplant or lifelong dialysis makes a negligence claim against GPs and hospital following delayed referral to nephrology and failure to recognise her underlying renal condition. This case report looks at where clinicians went wrong, and explains how MPS managed to settle the case for a moderate sum that was substantially less than the original request.

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Articles and features 01/07/2020

When a patient wants to amend their medical records

When a patient wants to amend their medical records

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Dr Jayne Molodynski, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, provides advice and guidance on whether a patient can request amends to their medical records

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Articles and features 01/07/2020

Is all well with the Wells score?

Is all well with the Wells score?

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Dr Philip White, Medicolegal Consultant at Medical Protection, looks at a common cause of claims – missed diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

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Articles and features 10/06/2020

Ask the expert – social media

Ask the expert – social media

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Dr Emma Davies, medicolegal consultant at Medical Protection, answers some questions around the professional and personal use of social media and the potential pitfalls faced by those working in healthcare

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Articles and features 10/06/2020

Disclosures relating to transgender patients

Disclosures relating to transgender patients

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When approached by third party organisations with requests for information relating to a patient’s gender history, you might be uncertain about what to do and what should be considered prior to disclosure. Padma Reddy, case manager at Medical Protection, and Dr Heidi Mounsey, medicolegal consultant, have all the relevant guidance

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Articles and features 09/09/2019

The importance of handovers

The importance of handovers

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Good handovers are essential to provide good continuous care, maintain patient safety and avoid errors. After every handover, all members of the team should have the same understanding of what has been done and the priorities going forward.

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Articles and features 22/07/2019

Learning from Locums

Learning from Locums

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In this article, medicolegal consultant Dr Rachel Birch talks with Dr Richard Fieldhouse, Chairman of NASGP, about how the experiences of locum GPs have led NASGP to design systems to save practices and locum GPs time, provide information and improve patient care.

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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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Back again with cauda equina syndrome

Back again with cauda equina syndrome

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When Mrs C, a keen golfer in her early forties, began to experience constant pain in her lower back, she consulted a GP at her local surgery. Dr P took a history of slow onset of pain with restricted mobility. He did not examine her, but prescribed an NSAID and advised Mrs C to return in two weeks if there was no improvement.

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Case report 20/06/2019

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

Delayed diagnosis of lung cancer

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Mr U has a hernia repair and is later diagnosed with lung cancer. He makes a claim against two surgeons involved, alleging it should have been identified sooner.

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