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Medical blunder results in tragic death

An inquest being held in North London Coroners’ Court has heard that a series of neglectful errors at Northwick Park Hospital resulted in the death of an 85-year-old grandmother on 7 May 2015.  Irmgard Cooper had been undergoing a serious but successful heart procedure at the hospital when it was discovered that her blood supplies had been sent back to the blood bank by mistake.  The surgeon was not made aware of the error and had begun to operate on Mrs Cooper.  It was during the operation that the surgeon noticed that the anaesthetist was not transfusing blood to the patient.  It subsequently transpired that Mrs Cooper’s blood could not be retrieved due to a spelling mistake in her name.  Mrs Cooper’s blood had been marked as ‘Irngard’ instead of ‘Irmgard’, resulting in a two and a half hour delay.

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Paramedic guilty of misconduct

A health professional panel has found paramedic Andrew Davies guilty of misconduct for failing to go to the aid of a man with health difficulties in June 2012.  The Health and Care Professions Council panel heard how Davies had stood by and watched while Mr Carl Cope, 47, took ill in Walsall Manor Hospital car park. Mr Cope later died of a heart attack.  Four further members of clinical staff were also charged with failure to care for a patient in need.  West Midlands Ambulance Service, Davies’ employer, had dismissed the worker for gross misconduct following the incident on 23 June 2012.   The panel ruled that he should now be struck off from the HCPC register.

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Three-week wait for GP appointment

Shadow governor of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, Alan Alexander, has said that people in the area can wait up to three weeks to get a non-urgent appointment with a GP.  Health chiefs have announced that due to the shortage of GPs, a bursary of £20 thousand is to be offered to GP trainees who come to Cumbria to live and work.  Mr Alexander stated at a meeting of the West Cumbria Community Forum health group: “We are going to be seriously depleted in the next 10 to 15 years of medical staff”.

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Poor antenatal care for multiple births

A report published following research carried out by the Twins and Multiple Births Association and the NCT reveals that women expecting multiple births are receiving poor antenatal care in some areas of England.  Guidelines laid down by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) in 2011 and quality standards in 2013 on antenatal care have not been implemented in full in 80-90% of UK units.  The survey of 1400 patients revealed that services in the North East of England were the best, while the South East and West Midlands received the worst antenatal care.

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Family awarded payout following man’s hospital brain injury

The family of a man who suffered a serious brain injury after choking on his vomit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital has been awarded undisclosed damages by the Trust. 33-year-old Ross Askew was originally admitted to hospital on New Year’s Day 2010 with complaints of abdominal pain, he was diagnosed with severe necrotising pancreatitis. However, when he choked on his own vomit, he suffered a severe brain injury and subsequently required 24hr care.

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Care home fails to maintain standards

A care home in Hawick has been issued with at formal improvement notice by the Care Commission.  The notice was described as “urgent” by the issuing authority and covered eight crucial areas of care support.  St Andrews Care Home, which is managed by Park Homes UK, was judged to be lacking in providing adequate staffing levels, as well as maintaining unacceptable levels of cleanliness.

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Prostate surgeon under investigation

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Mother loses baby injury case

A mother who attempted to sue the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the injuries suffered by her baby during delivery has had her case rejected. 34-year-old Lisa Everard claimed damages for her newly born baby after she felt that excessive force was applied to her daughter Sophie’s head when doctors diagnosed her with shoulder dystocia, leaving her with weaknesses in her left elbow and shoulder. She said that the doctor who delivered her daughter was panicked and “muddled”, which led him to apply excessive grip on her head to allow a rapid delivery. The HSE denied all medical negligence claims.

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Government “chasing headlines” on NHS

According to the British Medical Association, the government has been “chasing headlines” on the NHS instead of actually tackling the real issues. The doctors’ union published a review of the government’s first 100 days in office, suggesting that ministers chose to alienate doctors instead of actually facing any of the NHS’s problems head-on. The review was released after Jeremy Hunt announced plans for seven-day working.

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Malnourishment misdiagnosis causes death

The mother of Kayleigh Compton, who died from a brain injury as a result of undiagnosed malnourishment, has released photographs of her dying daughter in hospital. The 23-year-old had visited her GP following very rapid weight loss, before finally being admitted to hospital after dropping from ten stone to six stone in six months. It was heard that every time she attempted to eat, she was sick.

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Brain damaged teenager to receive multi-million pound payout

13-year-old Ben Harman is to receive a multi-million pound compensation package after an east Kent hospital admitted to causing his brain damage at birth. The brain injury happened when doctors failed to check his blood sugar levels after birth, despite clear warning signs that he was not healthy. It was heard that hospital staff failed to carry out any glucose tests until two days after his birth, by which point his condition had deteriorated and he had suffered a brain injury.

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University Hospital deemed inadequate by CQC

Following an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) of Whipps Cross University, a number of concerning issues have been raised with Barts Health NHS Trust.  Concerns were raised about the Leytonstone hospital including staff bullying and patients being put at risk of inadequate care.  Inspectors found short-comings in urgent and emergency care, general medical care, surgery, end of life care, outpatients and services for children and young people.  They further went on to report that inprovements were needed in maternity, gynaecology services and critical care.  There is a culture of harassment and bullying of staff by management and this was recorded by Inspectors in their report.  The report was published yesterday.

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Hospital ‘failed’ vulnerable patient

An investigation into the death of a 95-year-old woman who fell ill in hospital was ‘failed’ by her health trust. It was uncovered that Monica Bridle fell between her bed and the wall of her room at the University Hospital Southampton in 2013, but staff failed to inform her family. Following the incident, Mrs Bridle was discharged from hospital and returned to her nursing home, which hospital staff also failed to inform her family about.  The hospital said it had “unreservedly apologised” to Mrs Bridle’s family.

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Unrequested DNR notice caused death

An inquest has heard that NHS staff “played God” when they put a ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ (DNR) notice on an elderly man before he died, despite the fact that he did not request one. 66-year-old great grandfather Michael Richardson, from Great Yarmouth, died in James Paget University Hospital, Gorleston, in 2013.  He had been diagnosed with a lung condition and was only given an estimated one year to live. His widow, 65-year-old Janet Richardson, accused NHS staff of playing God after she discovered that they had placed a DNR notice by his name.

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Call for waiting time targets to be downgraded

Experts have called for the national four-hour waiting time target to be downgraded as it is misleading the health service’s priorities. This proposal came from the Nuffield Trust after the health service endured one of the toughest winters, causing all four parts of the UK to miss the waiting time target. Experts said that because of this “fixation” on waiting times, key areas such as ambulance delays and bed rotation are not getting the attention they require.

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Failings responsible for 11 baby deaths

An inquiry has concluded that the deaths of 11 babies could have been prevented had it not been for a “lethal mix” of failures at a Cumbrian hospital. An investigation into Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust found that a total of 20 different failings contributed to the deaths of 11 babies at Furness General Hospital between 2004 and 2013.

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1,000 cancelled hospital ops

A hospital in Devon has had to cancel over 1,000 operations due to increased pressures on their service. The hospital has been on “black alert” since January due to an overwhelming demand on its A&E department, a problem that is also being faced at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Yeovil Hospital in Somerset. Plymouth Hospitals Trust said that routine operations such as knee and hip replacements and hernia repairs have had to be cancelled at Derriford Hospital.

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Serious errors in boy’s care

The family of a boy who died after serious errors were made during his heart surgery seeks answers. 11-year-old Bradley Brough, from York, died in 2010 after undergoing three operations in two days at Leeds General Infirmary. Bradley suffered with a complex congenital heart defect that required him to undergo an operation to divert the flow of blood in his heart. However, despite three operations, he died after suffering a bleed to the brain.

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Care home fined following radiator death

A care home in Leicester has been fined after one of its residents died after becoming trapped between a wardrobe and a radiator. The Western Park View home is being fined £100,000 after 85-year-old Walter Powley died of severe burns. The accident happened after Mr Powley fell, causing him to get trapped between a wardrobe and a radiator where the piping and valves were uncovered. He died in hospital eight days after the accident.

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Prisoner’s cancer care criticised

The care provided to a prisoner suffering with cancer has been described by a prison watchdog as “one of the worst examples of poor care”. 34-year-old James Colton from Swansea died in August 2013 after months of complaining about severe back pain.  Mr Colton died of malignant melanoma two days after being admitted to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch as an emergency.

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