According to guidance issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, anyone aged 65 who presents for medical attention because of a fall, or reports recurrent falls in the past year, or demonstrates abnormalities of gait or balance should be offered a multifactorial falls risk assessment by their healthcare provider.
Around 65,000 hip replacement procedures were carried out in UK hospitals in 2020, according to National Joint Registry statistics.
Most of these proceeded without incident, granting those operated on a new lease of life. Mistakes, however, are sometimes made, with patients being fitted with the wrong sized prosthetic hip replacement being a particular worry.
What can I do if a medical professional failed to x-ray my stab wound which led to a retained foreign body being missed?
A stab wound sounds dramatic and serious, and one would think that any stab wound victim would automatically receive an x-ray to discover the extent of internal damage. In a busy accident and emergency department, a stab wound that appears superficial may not get the level of examination you might expect.
Some diseases are relatively easy to diagnose through tests, scans or simply recognisable symptoms. Others, such as Multiple Sclerosis (MS) are much more difficult to identify, and the consequences of being misdiagnosed and treated for MS when you do not have it are much more serious.
Sadly, breast cancer is now the most common type of cancer in the UK, accounting for 15 per cent of all new cancer cases, according to the charity Cancer Research. Every year, there are around 55,200 new diagnosis of breast cancer in the UK alone.
A woman whose endometriosis went undiagnosed for 17 years has received £500,000 compensation. Frances Bell was 14 when she first went to hospital with symptoms in 1997 but was told she had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). She eventually received a diagnosis in 2014 but by then she was infertile and needed extensive surgery. Nottingham University…
A hospital’s negligence in diagnosing sepsis quickly enough led to the “preventable death” of a patient, a coroner has said. Paul Wilkinson, 45, was admitted to Blackpool Victoria Hospital in Lancashire with severe stomach pains. The father of three died from multiple organ failure and sepsis five days after being admitted last May. The hospital…