Accident & Emergency (A&E) Claims
Accident and Emergency departments (A&E) are no doubt one of the busiest places in the hospital.
Hip replacement negligence
Hip replacement surgery is often a result of arthritis, general wear and tear, or a nasty fall in the case of older people.
Hospital acquired infections
Going into hospital is a worrying time for everyone, and the threat of infection only increases the stress.
Orthopaedics is the term for procedures which involve bones, joints, ligaments, muscles and nerves.
Pressure sore claims
Pressure sores happen when a patient is left in one spot for too long. Healthcare providers have a duty to ensure pressure sores do not develop.
Undiagnosed Fractures | Missed Fractures
Undiagnosed, or missed fractures are the most commonly missed injuries in A&E in England and Wales. Let us help you with your claim.
Orthopaedic surgery includes everything from bones to ligaments.
Delayed life saving operation causes infant death
A 20 month toddler had a heart attack due to a life saving operation being delayed for three days at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital
Doctors missed 11 chances to save boy
A nine-year-old chess champion died from a chronic asthma attack just days after doctors discharged him from hospital describing him as “hysterical”.
An inquest has heard how Michael Uriely, was taken to the Royal Free Hospital in London twice in the days before his death in August 2015.
Four patients died because of staff failings
North Middlesex hospital has admitted that four patients died after errors made by staff in A&E and other departments. The Guardian have seen documents that show safety failings at the hospital since 2014, and that the A&E unit has been threatened with closure on safety grounds.
Hospital bosses warn things are to get worse
In an unprecedented warning to ministers, hospital bosses have warned that they will soon be unable to deliver the level of required to keep patients safe.
For the first time ever, trusts have warned that hundreds of thousands of patients will not be treated within the A&E target of four hours and will have to wait longer than 18 weeks for surgery.
Hospital scientists strike over patient safety concerns
Scientists were on strike last week in a dispute with hospital bosses over ‘unsafe’ shifts at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust, leaving them with concerns for patient safety.
Last week, biomedical staff at Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trusts staged a week-long strike in protest at short staffing and working hours.
Hundreds unaware they are carrying faulty heart gene
Sudden death and coronary heart disease could be a risk for up to 620,000 people in UK who carry a faulty gene.
The British Heart Foundation said that the figure was 100,000 more than they had originally thought. However, they said there is a better understanding of inherited conditions.
Inquest into why a 10-month old baby died at hospital
An inquest is investigating why 10-month-old Léo Stacey died at Luton and Dunstable Hospital on the morning of October 6, 2015, just hours after he was taken to the hospital’s A&E department by ambulance.
Baby Léo died from a bowel condition in which the wall of the bowel folds in on itself and disrupts the intestine.
Man dies from blood clot in hospital
Madoc Bellamy died from a blood clot after hospital staff failed to perform a VTE (venous thromboembolism), which looks for blood clots, sooner.
Mental health-related deaths double
The amount of unexpected deaths linked to mental health trust has doubled in three years.
The new figures, from a freedom of information request by BBC’s Panorama found that in 2012-2013 there were 2,067 unexpected deaths, by 2015-16 the figure had risen to 3,160.
The Press Associate carried out an investigate that revealed these mistakes had happened to 1,100 people since 2012, and include more than 400 people who have had the wrong part of their body operated on – known as wrong site surgery.
NHS could be headed towards another scandal
The rift between the government and NHS bosses could lead to a repeat of the Mid Staffordshire hospital scandal.
Sir Robert Francis, QC, led the public inquiry into the Mid Staffordshire Trust’s failings, which saw the trust shut down.
Operations cancelled at the last minute, reach record new high
During the last three months of 2016 more than 21,000 operations were cancelled at the last minute.
Despite there only being 1 per cent more operations scheduled than the previous year, the cancellation rate jumped by 15 per cent.
Patients left on trolleys whilst doctors and ministers argue over the state of A&E units
Patients are being left on trolleys in A&E units across the country, whilst doctors and MPs argue over whether patients do have an alternative to attending hospital.
Patients will be hit by drug cost-saving plans
Patients in England may face delays in getting new drugs as NHS bosses try to cut costs by trying to negotiate the costs of the most expensive treatments.
As the pressure on the health service increases, NHS management are entering talks with drug companies to try and get the prices down.
Private ambulances are a risk to patients
Overstretched hospitals are increasingly relying on private companies to help them move vulnerable patients.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that some of the vehicles used by the private companies are dirty and that some drivers lacked training to drive blue light ambulances.
Tougher tests for foreign doctors could cut mistakes by half
A new study by the University of York looked at the competency and language test results of 27,000 foreign doctors, and found those who took the test multiple times were more likely to face fitness to practice sanctions.
Never events, what you should know
NHS England have encouraged an honest and open approach to reporting. They ask staff to report all never event incidents on the Strategic Executive Information System (StEIS). The figures below are from the report compiled by NHS England for the period of 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016. The report was published in January 2017.