Medical Malpractice

Delayed or missed diagnosis by a doctor – what can I do?

For the most part, doctors and health professionals do an excellent job and perform to high standards of care and treatment. However, on occasions patients can find that that their condition is misdiagnosed, or there is an unacceptable delay in getting the correct diagnosis and treatment in place. ....

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My doctor isn’t listening to me, what can I do?

It can be distressing to feel that your doctor isn't listening to you, so here are some tips which can help in handling the situation. You should never be afraid to speak up if you feel something is wrong. We all know the NHS is under extreme pressure, especially during the winter months, but howeve....

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What can I do if I think a loved one’s death is unusual?

The death of a loved one is a devastating blow that sadly most of us will face at some time in our lives. In most cases, the circumstances and cause are clear, but what should you do if you think that something isn’t right and needs to be investigated?   At home If death is sudden and un....

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Report details Essex hospital ‘never events’

In Essex, patients who must undergo medical procedures may want to know more about the eight 'never events' that were recorded at Colchester General Hospital for 2015/16. In a report published on May 31, news sources indicate that an undisclosed number of the events actually happened in 2014/15 but ....

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Surgeon accidentally removes man’s testicle

A consultant surgeon at a private hospital is under investigation after claims that he botched a procedure he carried out in July 2014 and then lied to cover up his mistake. The accusation, which may come as a concern to male patients in the Essex area, is that, instead of operating on the testicle,....

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NHS Direct admits fault in patient misdiagnosis

Essex residents who in the past have used NHS Direct Trust may be interested to hear that the organisation has admitted fault after a misdiagnosis incident in December 2011 that ended with a woman dying of cardiac arrest. Her widower said that he hopes that as result of this case, the mistakes tha....

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Doctor performs vasectomy by accident

Patients in Harlow may be concerned to learn that the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service which heard the case of a doctor who performed an incorrect surgery on a patient has decided that he is fit to continue to practice and has chosen not to remove him from the medical register. The docto....

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Woman dies after waiting 18 months for depression counselling

A young woman who died after falling from a bridge had been waiting for 18 months to receive an appointment for counselling for depression it was revealed. A former psychiatric nurse said that the woman's history had put her in a high risk category and that she should have been seen by a crisis te....

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Pill mix-up blamed for widow’s death

Those in Essex who depend on prescription medication may be interested to hear about a case in which an 86-year-old pensioner perished after taking the wrong pills. According to reports, the Inverness-shire woman was discovered unresponsive by her 65-year-old son in late 2013, and later investigatio....

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Medical staff lied after death of a 9-year-old boy

A 9-year-old boy died soon after being sent home from St Helens and Knowsley NHS Trust Accident and Emergency department when a doctor misdiagnosed his condition. Patients in Essex hospitals who are concerned about a lack of transparency among NHS staff may be interested to hear that the Healt....

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Melon-sized mass found in patient after hospital blunder

A former patient at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital was found to have a swab left inside of him following an operation 13 years ago. His wife said that living with the object inside of him had damaged his health and had caused him severe pain before his death. An inquest will be held in ....

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Baby dies after poor medical practices

An inquest into the death of a baby was held after his mother gave birth to him in the toilet soon after she and her husband were sent home from the Royal Cornwall hospital. Many mothers in Essex may be familiar with some of the warning signs of sepsis in newborn babies. These were ignored by midwiv....

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Patient bleeds out during surgery due to hospital errors

A coroner has found severe failings in the treatment of a patient at an NHS Trust in London. Patients going to hospital for surgery in Harlow may be aware that hospitals will often order a supply of blood when a surgical operation is scheduled. In this instance, the patient at Northwick Park Hospita....

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Common misdiagnosed diseases include cancers and Parkinson’s

People visiting their doctors in Harlow, Essex, may be interested to know about the illnesses that are most commonly misdiagnosed by medical staff. Included in the six most commonly missed illnesses are some common cancers as well as diseases such as Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. One reason gi....

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Man dies after overdose of chemotherapy

A man has died in hospital following errors made by medical staff. Residents in Harlow, Essex, may be shocked to hear that he was incorrectly diagnosed as having sciatica, when in fact he had tumours in his back, and then, after the cancer was discovered, he was given an overdose of chemotherapy. Th....

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A&E death rate at five year high

The death toll at hospital accident and emergency departments has reached a five-year high according to the National Patient Safety Agency. The figures, gathered from all across the U.K. including Essex, show that hundreds of people die each year as a result of errors and misdiagnosis. Medical sta....

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Medical negligence results in father’s death

The death of a father of five following his surgery at River Hospital in Sawbridge was ruled by the court to be the result of medical negligence. His wife gave a written statement describing the close relationship he had with their children, especially with their youngest daughter who is diagnosed w....

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Trust review finds 400 patients misdiagnosed

The Pennine Acute NHS Trust has carried out a review of complaints and incidents after an increase in reports by medical staff. The Trust, which runs four hospitals including North Manchester General, has reviewed cases covering the previous five years and has said that it found that 400 patients ....

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Hospital admits negligence after patient death

A woman died after an NHS consultant working at a hospital in Aberystwyth misdiagnosed her cancerous tumour as an ear infection. Patients in Essex receiving medical treatment may be shocked to hear that the woman received treatment for an infection for two years before the error was discovered. Af....

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Nursing misconduct led to death of patients

Residents of Essex may have heard of Operation Jasmine, an investigation by Gwent Police into allegations of neglect in a number of care homes in south Wales. The inquiry, which cost over £11 million, failed after the former owner of one of the care homes was declared medically unfit to be trie....

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