Wrong Site Surgery


The NHS class wrong site surgery as a "Never Event". A never event is a procedure performed on a patient which should never have happened.

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Wrong Site Surgery

The NHS class wrong site surgery as “a surgical intervention performed on the wrong site (for example knee, wrong eye, wrong patient” etc. and the incident is discovered after the operation has started. As a result the patient requires further surgery on the correct site.

The NHS have published guidance to help prevent such instances occurring which includes Patient safety notice: standardising wristbands improves patient safety and Patient safety alert – WHO Surgical Safety Checklist.

For reporting purposes the NHS group wrong site surgery with surgical implements being left in the body and they call them “never events” because these problems should never happen. In February 16 the Guardian newspaper reported there were 1200 never events over the previous four years. Examples reported include removing the wrong organ, wrong testicle removed and removal of a fallopian tube instead of a woman’s appendix.

Removal of an incorrect tooth is also classed as wrong site surgery.

Here are the reported instances for the past four years:

  • April 12 and March 13                  290 never events
  • April 13 and March 14                  338 never events
  • April 14 and March 15                  306 never events
  • April 15 and March 16                  447 never events

How can we help?

Negligence Claimline are specialists in compensation claims. We have helped many people make a claim for wrong site surgery. If you have had surgery performed on the wrong part of your body, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim.

Here at Negligence Claimline our friendly team are here to help you get the support you need. Working with a panel of specialist medical negligence solicitors, we can assist you with your potential claim.

Sometimes an apology is enough, but in other cases compensation will be the only solution to help you get your life back on track.

Our service, putting you in contact with one of our expert panel members, is free and you are not obliged to take the advice the solicitor gives you, or to progress your claim any further if you do not wish.

Can I sue the NHS?

The NHS was created so that good healthcare should be available to all, and it is one of the country’s proudest achievements. However, if something goes wrong during your treatment you deserve answers and, where necessary, financial compensation.

We do not treat your claim lightly. However, the treatment you consider negligent must be considered unreasonable, irresponsible, and harmful.

When someone suffers an injury that impacts their live, or that of a loved one, then it is vital that the NHS has the procedures in place to both compensate the patient and learn from their mistakes.

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If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered an injury as a result of medical or clinical negligence then call our friendly team on 0330 355 9210* where they will take some details and pass them to a team of specialist solicitors.