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Posted on 12th April 2019

Man Receives Circumcision By Mistake

A man visited University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust for a cystoscopy. A cystoscopy is a procedure to examine the inside of the bladder by using a thin camera. However, after hospital staff mixed up his medical notes with those of another patient, he ended up having a circumcision.

The incident has been described as a ‘never event’ which means it is one so serious that it should never happen. As a result, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust said that it was ‘deeply sorry’ for the incident and they have put in place measures to learn and improve from the mistake.

The circumcision mistake was not the only ‘never event’ to occur at the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in 2018. There was a total of eight ‘never events’ at the trust during the previous year which included;

Medics left a swab in a child behind the nasal passages. This occurred during an adenoidectomy which is a procedure where tissue is removed from behind the nasal passages. Two of the events were for the accidental connection of tubes to an air flow meter for two patients who required oxygen.

Another ‘never event’ occurred after a patient mistakenly consented to the wrong type of surgery after medics made a mistake with the consent form. Another issue occurred when a surgeon incorrectly marked a patient’s medical record for an angiogram when they shouldn’t have had the procedure.

One more medical negligence mistake happened when a hip nail was implanted into a patient on the wrong side.

What Negligence Claimline says

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