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Doctor suspended after miss diagnosis resulted in boy’s death

A Merseyside doctor who failed to spot sepsis which killed a young boy in December 2013 has his medical license suspended.

What Happened?

The boy, who suffered with complex health needs, was originally diagnosed with a chest infection by his GP, when his condition deteriorated he was admitted to Whiston Hospital.

He was first examined by the department’s clinical director, who suspected the child may have sepsis and a lower respiratory tract infection.

Dr Thiagarajan Sundaravadivelu, who was a locum registrar, took over the case at midnight and confirmed the nine-year-old had a minor chest infection, provided him with anti-biotics and discharged him. It was then six hours later that the patient died.

Investigation

The tribunal found Dr Sundaravadivelu did not adequately examine the boy, or take an adequate history from his mother before discharging him.

The locum registrar stopped working at Whiston Hospital shortly after the incident; he admitted that he had failed to do enough to diagnose the fatal condition.

The tribunal said his conduct would be regarded as deplorable by fellow practitioners, but added it was an isolated incident. After his suspension, the doctor will face a review before going back to work.

A spokeswoman for St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said:

“The doctor was referred to the General Medical Council after the trust found failings in the care he provided to a patient.

“The GMC has decided to suspend him for four months. The doctor has not worked at the trust since soon after the incident.”

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Source: Liverpool Echo

Grandmother dies after heart valve was inserted wrong

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An investigation is set to probe heart valve patient Sheila Hynes’ death following routine surgery at Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital.

What happened?

The Great-grandmother from Newcastle sustained catastrophic internal bleeding after a heart valve was put in upside down. This caused irreversible damage during surgery which was led by consultant surgeon Asif Raza Shah.

A second operation performed to try and get her heart working failed and the 71 year old subsequently died a week later in intensive care.

Inquest

Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has acknowledged that the error caused Mrs Hynes’ death.

The five day inquest will be held at Newcastle’s Civic Centre.

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Girl Receives £2.5 Million Medical Negligence Compensation

A 12 year old girl, who was born healthy but suffered brain damage due to treatment delays as a new-born, has been awarded millions in medical negligence compensation.

Delay in treatment

The High Court heard how the young girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, became ill shortly after her birth at Warrington Hospital. Christopher Johnson QC told the court that she would not have suffered any lasting effects at all had she been diagnosed promptly. Instead, delays in her treatment left the young girl with ‘extensive needs’.

£2.5 million pay-out

Judge Mr Justice Goss awarded the 12 year old a total of £2.5 million in medical negligence compensation.

As well as the one off payment, the judge awarded her with an annual allowance of £260,000. Furthermore, the annual pay-outs will increase to £312,000 once the girl reaches her nineteenth birthday.

Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which manages the hospital, admitted liability and agreed to settle the girl’s claim, brought by her mother.

Margaret Bowron QC, representing the Trust, told the court an apology had been made to the family. She added that it was hoped the financial settlement would bring them “peace of mind”.

‘Small measure of comfort’

Mr Justice Goss said it would be “a small measure of comfort” as he addressed the girl’s parents. He went on to say:

“Nothing that the law can do can undo what has taken place, as you well know, and I am sure not a day has gone by when that hasn’t crossed your minds.

“Your daughter is clearly a remarkable child and that, in a sense, is a blessing for you – it is also plain to see that the love and affection you have for her is remarkable.”

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Source: BBC News

Merseyside’s Longest Running Birth Injury Cases

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Following a freedom of information request under the Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts, the Liverpool Echo has revealed the longest running court battles for Merseyside parents after their children were left injured or disabled during child birth.

Long fight for justice

Last year (2015-2016) a total of £2.3 million was spent on defence and claimant costs alone by Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. A further £9.4 million was paid out in damages.

The Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts deals with incidents that have occurred since April 1995. Since then, there have been a total of five cases that weren’t resolved for over 9 years.

The longest fight for justice went on for more than 16 years, and involved parents fighting for compensation from Liverpool Women’s Hospital. The family eventually received over £7 million.

Another case, this time against Southport and Ormskirk hospital trust continued for more than ten years. The case was settled for a sum of just over £340,000.

Brain injury

Specific details of cases were not revealed but such high-value maternity cases frequently involve instances of children who have suffered brain injuries.

Oxygen deprivation is one of the most common reasons for some of the most severe birth injuries and if a child suffers brain injury at birth, they will most likely require complex life-long care as well as accommodation needs and special equipment.

In a number of cases, the type of brain damage and indeed the cause are not fully apparent until the child is much older, again adding to the length of the process.

There are often complexities surrounding birth injury cases, resulting in fights for justice that can last for years. Typically, the NHS Litigation Authority will make provisional payments ensuring that the child’s immediate needs are met.

Longest running cases

Here are the five longest-running maternity negligence cases in Merseyside:

NHS TrustTime to be resolvedTotal damagesDefence costsClaimant costs
Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust16.09 years£7,350,000£127,895£340,000
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust10.21 years£343,049£75,998£135,000
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust9.24 years£2,750,000£110,040£192,250
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust13.99 years£4,886,052£97,513£241,600
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust13.99 years£3,560,900£104,897£455,000

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Source: Liverpool Echo

Secret Report Identifies Failures at NHS Trust

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A covert review into North Manchester General Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital has identified a number of serious failings. It has been reported that numerous clinical errors, a shortage of staff and a lack of compassion from workers has contributed to the deaths of numerous mothers and infants over a five year period.

Penine Acute Hospital Trust

The originally internal review, which came to light after a freedom of information request by the Manchester Evening News (MEN), was carried out by Deborah Carter. Miss Carter is the new maternity director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which is responsible for the running of both hospitals in question.

Between 2010 and 2015, Pennine Acute Hospital NHS trust received more legal claims and paid out more in damages than any other. Almost half of the claims, which totalled more than £25 million, related clinical errors involving mothers and babies.

The MEN also reported that initially the trust attempted to conceal the report, at one point claiming it did not even exist.

Series of avoidable deaths and long-term injuries

The document outlines a series of avoidable deaths and long-term injuries, caused by failures over a lengthy period, including that of a woman who died of a catastrophic haemorrhage after staff mistook her symptoms for mental illness.

According to the report, long-term clinical errors led to “high levels of harm for babies in particular” and constant repeated warnings over time had not resulted in improvements.

Other incidents detailed in the report include a premature baby that was left to die alone in a sluice room – where used disposables such as incontinence pads and bed pans are dealt with, and reusable products are cleaned and disinfected – and a baby who lost its life after staff failed to recognise its mother’s rare blood type.

Poor decision making

The review states that “clear evidence of poor decision-making which has resulted in significant harm to women” as well as “real issues” on maternity wards resulting in “high levels of harm for babies in particular, which has significant life-long impact”.

According to the document a number of deaths were related a shortage in hospital staff, as well as the lack of compassion and bad attitudes amongst those who work at the trust. “Worrying repetitive themes” across maternity units, such as poor documentation, failures to monitor basic vital signs, critical information left off patient records and lab results left unchecked, were also prominent in the report.

Recurrent safety breaches, a “rigid mind-set” among staff who tended to view patients’ conditions as “uncomplicated” and little performance monitoring of the high numbers of agency staff on the trust’s books were also identified.

Improvements

This week the trust confirmed that steps – such as the recruitment of more staff – are being taken to improve patient care and avoid clinical errors.

Medical director at Pennine, Professor Matthew Makin, said:

“The priority is for all of the trust’s services to meet the high standards that patients expect and deserve. We are steadily making the necessary improvements so that patients can receive reliable, high quality care across all of our services.

“In addition to the appointment of a new head of midwifery, 31 new midwives started … across our two maternity units at north Manchester and Oldham last month.

“In addition to 58 new midwives joining us since April, the new management team is being supported by Central Manchester NHS foundation trust, who are providing supplementary clinical leadership support in order to stabilise and strengthen services on the north Manchester site.

“We have fully reviewed our risk and governance arrangements including learning from incidents and complaints, and are making progress in improving the way we listen and involve our staff to address the longstanding problems and challenges facing our teams.”

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Source: BBC News; The Guardian

Man Awarded £5million for Medical Negligence

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A Portsmouth man whose memory was destroyed by an illness linked to the herpes virus has been awarded £5million compensation by a NHS trust.

The man, an aspiring model whose identity cannot be disclosed for legal reasons, contracted herpes simplex encephalitis a number of years ago. The disease has left him with almost no spontaneous recall of recent events and he only remembers parts of his past life.

The man, whose behavioural problems mean that he doesn’t cooperate with those trying to assist him and is difficult to handle at times, was treated in 2008 at Royal Hampshire Hospital. His lawyers aver that the hospital’s treatment of him was negligent and Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust admitted liability.

This week, a high court judge approved a £2.5million settlement after describing the impact of the virus on the man as ‘quite disastrous’. An index-linked tax-free payment is also to be paid annually in order to cover the cost of the man’s life long care, with the payments set to increase if early onset dementia develops.

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Source: The News – Portsmouth

NHS Trust Admit Liability Following Life Changing Birth Injury

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A mother who suffered a life changing injury during the birth of her son is due compensation after University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust admitted liability for the injury.

Grade Four Perennial Tear

34 year old Debbie Armstrong suffered a grade four perennial tear whilst giving birth to Kaiden, now 6, at the University hospital in 2010.

According to Miss Armstrong, medical staff at the hospital failed to correctly diagnose the position of the baby, which resulted in Kaiden being delivered in a problematic position.

The injuries that Miss Armstrong sustained during the birth of her son were so severe that she has been left wearing a permanent colostomy bag.

Discussing her experience, which has left her needing regular assistance and support, Miss Armstrong said:

“It has been extremely difficult to come to terms with both the physical and mental impact my injuries and the subsequent surgeries I’ve undergone have had on me.

“I can only hope that what has happened to me won’t happen to anyone else in the future and I believe that by taking legal action and speaking out about my experiences in the last six years the Trust, and others around the country, will take every possible step to protect mothers from the problems I have suffered.”

Misdiagnosis

It was claimed that hospital staff ‘failed correctly to diagnose the position of the baby’s head and/or negligently misapplied the forceps’ during Kaiden’s delivery. As a result of this, the foetal head was delivered in an awkward and difficult position, which in turn lead to Miss Armstrong’s severe injuries.

Miss Armstrong sought legal action and the NHS Trust has since admitted liability for her injuries.

Chief medical officer and deputy chief executive officer at University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust, Professor Meghana Pandit said:

“We would like to apologise unreservedly to Ms Armstrong for the pain and distress that she has suffered since her son’s birth at University Hospital in 2010.

“We are a specialist maternity centre , and are saddened that while Ms Armstrong’s baby son was delivered safely, she suffered a serious perineal tear during his birth.

“I would like to apologise on behalf of the trust for the distress this has caused, and hope that whatever financial settlement is agreed will go some way to help both her and her family in the future.”

Since the incident, Miss Armstrong’s relationship with Kaiden’s father has broken down and she has had to move back in with her parent’s as she requires regular support and assistance. Miss Armstrong has also found going back to work difficult as she has to be near a toilet at all times due to her injury.

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Source: Coventry Telegraph; BBC News

Woman Convicted of Gross Negligence Manslaughter

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In a landmark case, an optometrist has been handed a two year suspended prison sentence following the death of a young boy, whose symptoms of a life-threatening brain condition were not picked up during a routine eye test.

Incident

When eight year old Vincent Barker visited a branch of Boots in Ipswich for an eye test, he was suffering with swollen optic discs. Honey Rose, the optometrist carrying out the test, failed to spot Vincent’s swollen optic discs which is a symptom of hydrocephalus, or fluid on the brain. The eight year old died around five months after the test in July 2012.

Ipswich Crown Court heard how Ms Rose had failed to examine the backs of Vincent’s eyes with an ophthalmoscope during the test, and that she had also failed to examine retinal photos of Vincent that were taken by a colleague.

Sentencing

Sentencing the 35 year old, Judge Jeremy Stuart-Smith said that although the breach of duty was a ‘single lapse’, the seriousness of the incident meant that it was a criminal act. The court also heard that after discovering that Vincent had died, Ms Rose attempted to ‘cover up’ her failings by claiming that Vincent had showed signs of photophobia. In an account that was dismissed as false by Judge Stuart-Smith, Ms Rose said that Vincent had not been cooperating with her at the time of the test.

Ms Rose, of East Ham in east London, was convicted of gross negligence manslaughter at Ipswich crown court. She was also ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work and given a 24-month supervision order.

The ruling is thought to be the first conviction of an optometrist for gross negligence manslaughter. Judge Stuart-Smith told Ms Rose:

“You simply departed from your normal practice in a way that was completely untypical for you, a one-off, for no good reason.”

He went on to say that there was “nothing in [Vincent’s] general presentation that should have rung particular alarm bells for you” and that Ms Rose was “generally competent”.

He added that an immediate custodial sentence was not essential to highlight ‘the importance of optometrists properly discharging their duty to patients’ due to the fact the case had been so highly publicised.

‘Our loss should have been prevented’

Praising Vincent’s family for showing ‘dignity and restraint’ throughout the trial, Judge Stuart-Smith noted that they called for leniency when sentencing. A written statement from Vincent’s mother Joanne Barker said:

“The knowledge our loss should have been prevented and Vinnie should have been saved is intolerable to live with.”

Telling the court how Ms Rose had worked ‘extremely hard’ to qualify in India before moving to the UK, Ian Stern QC, mitigating, said:

“The loss of that vocation, which undoubtedly will happen when she comes before a fitness-to-practise panel, will affect her self-respect as someone who worked so hard to obtain those qualifications.”

He added that the case had “sent shockwaves round the optometric practice”.

Jonathan Rees QC, prosecuting, said that a letter from the Association of Optometrists expressed that there had been an increase in practitioners’ concerns regarding the way they carry out their jobs.

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Source: The Guardian

Woman Discovers she has Poisoned Bones after Misdiagnosis

A woman has discovered that she has a life threatening bone condition after previously being dismissed by multiple doctors.

Misdiagnosed

Victoria Mann, 33, was told by a trainee physiotherapist that her bones were poisoned after she was instructed to attend physiotherapy when medical professionals told her the pain in her leg was to do with her ligaments or tendons.

Victoria has since been diagnosed with osteomyelitis; a disease which if discovered early on can be treated with antibiotics. However, it was not spotted early and after 14 operations to try and halt the spread of the disease; Victoria says her leg has been left looking ‘as though a shark has taken a bite out of it’.

Victoria said:

“When I first went with a sore knee they said it was probably a blood clot and sent me home.

“But I was in agony so I went back and they said it was a muscle-wasting disease.

“They then told me it was the tendons or ligaments and sent me for physio.”

Victoria, of Hull, East Yorkshire, claims that the trainee physiotherapist pointed out a large black abscess on the back of her leg within only minutes of seeing her, something that doctors had failed to notice. She added:

“The trainee immediately saw something wasn’t right – as my leg had ballooned.”

Left unable to move

Victoria has been left unable to move and now fears that if she stands or puts too much weight on her leg it could shatter. Victoria went on to say:

“I will never fully recover or walk properly again. I won’t be able to play with the girls in the park or go swimming.”

Mike Wright, Chief Nurse at East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, the hospital at which Victoria received treatment, has apologised for any distress caused. He said:

“We have subsequently investigated the concerns Miss Mann raises, including those in relation to timeliness of diagnosis, and we have responded to her about these directly.

“We are sorry if Miss Mann feels let down by the Trust and would like to apologise for any distress she has experienced.”

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Source: Daily Star

Multiple ‘Never events’ Reported by Merseyside Hospitals

Between May 2015 and April 2016, a total of eleven ‘never events’ were reported by various hospitals within the Merseyside area, according to NHS England.

The potentially life-changing mistakes are labelled ‘never events’ as they should never happen and each time one occurs, it must be reported to authorities. The ‘never event’ is then investigated in order to ensure that similar blunders do not reoccur.

Merseyside Hospitals – ‘Never events’

  • Five cases of ‘wrong site surgery’

    A ‘wrong site surgery’ is when an operation is either performed on the wrong part of the body or, in some extreme cases, the wrong patient. Since May 2015, cases of ‘wrong site surgery’ were reported by the following hospitals: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen hospital trust in August 2015 and January 2016; Wirral Community NHS Trust in July 2015 and Alder Hey in June 2015 and January 2016.

  • Two cases of drugs administrated by the ‘wrong route’

    Such cases include intravenous drugs taken orally and vice versa. Such occurrences can lead to dangerous side effects, depending on the type of drug being taken. Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals reported a case in October 2015, as did Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals in November 2015.

  • A feeding tube wrongly inserted into a patient’s lungs

    Gastric tubes can be wrongly inserted into the respiratory tract of a patient, instead of the gastrointestinal tract i.e. fed into the lungs instead of the stomach. This sort of ‘never even’ can be fatal if not detected and corrected immediately. Such an incident was reported by Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital trust in December last year.

  • A foreign object left inside a patient after surgery

    Items left inside patients after surgery include surgical instruments such as scalpels, as well as needles, wires, sponges and towels. Such mistakes most likely require further surgery in order to remove the object. In December 2015, the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen trust reported an incident in which an object was left inside a patient following surgery.

  • A patient given the wrong implant or prosthesis

    When the wrong implant or prosthesis is inserted into a patient, there is most likely corrective surgery required – leading to major disruption for the individual. A patient at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital was given the wrong implant or prosthesis in October 2015.

  • A patient given overdose of insulin

    Such mistakes are often managed safely; however in extreme instances too much insulin can lead to seizures, unconsciousness and even fatalities. In September 2015, a patient at Liverpool Women’s Hospital was given an overdose of insulin.

‘We take ‘never events’ extremely seriously’

Addressing the incidents reported, the medical director of the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, Dr Peter Williams, said:

“We take ‘never events’ extremely seriously, we are open about them, we learn from them and we take action to make further improvements in the care we provide to patients.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Alder Hey the following:

“We take any incident extremely seriously and conduct a thorough investigation to identify the cause of any incident, recommend key learnings and reduce the likelihood of similar incidents happening in the future.”

Director of nursing and midwifery at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, Dianne Brown, added:

“The trust does not experience many ‘never events’.

“However, when we do, the public can be assured that we investigate them thoroughly and try to learn as much from them as we can so as to ensure they do not happen again.”

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Source: Liverpool Echo