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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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Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

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This workshop has been developed to help nurses who are working in specialist roles to increase awareness of the potential for things to go wrong and to practice safely, particularly with regards to prescribing.

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04/07/2017

Professional expectations

Professional expectations

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Any doctor who specialises in a particular field would be expected to keep up-todate in that area. This would apply to all fields of medicine. Surgeons with a special interest would be expected to keep up-to-date with developments both in the field of general surgery and their area of special interest.

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04/07/2017

Probity

Probity

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Good Medical Practice advises doctors that they must be honest and trustworthy when signing forms, reports and other documents. It also requires doctors to make sure that any documents they write or sign are not false or misleading

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04/07/2017

Record keeping

Record keeping

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Legible notes must be kept primarily to assist the patient when receiving treatment. But, secondly, should there be any future litigation against your hospital the notes will form the basis of the hospital’s defence. Notes are a reflection of the quality of care given so get into the habit of writing comprehensive and contemporaneous notes.

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04/07/2017

Useful links

Useful links

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The information listed above was available at the time of going to press. Where possible we list the full web address of specific information, however, as resources may be moved, updated or deleted by the owners of third party websites, we may only list their main website address. Most sites provide the facility to search their content for the titles and information listed above.

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Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

Prescription for Risk – A prescribing workshop for nurses

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This workshop has been developed to help nurses who are working in specialist roles to increase awareness of the potential for things to go wrong and to practice safely, particularly with regards to prescribing.

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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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Publication content 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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