Hertfordshire Medical Negligence

Do you live in Hertfordshire? Have you or a loved one suffered an injury because of a medical mistake?

You could be entitled to claim compensation and the specialist team of medical negligence solicitors here at Bonallack and Bishop can help you win that compensation.

UPDATE West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust – slammed as “inadequate”

The recent report on the trust by the Care Quality Commission [CQC] dated 10 September 2015 makes dreadful reading.

Let’s start off with its overall description. The hospitals run by the trust are simply “inadequate”.

But what does that actually mean? Well first of all it the second worst rating possible. The worst rating would be “no rating or rating suspended”. The CQC themselves describe “inadequate” as meaning “performing badly and we’ve taken enforcement action against the provider of the service.”

And going into more detail, the report doesn’t get any better. The five main areas of service provided by the hospitals are described as follow;

  • Safety – Inadequate
  • Effectiveness – Requires improvement
  • Levels of care – Requires improvement
  • Speed of Response –  Requires improvement
  • Leadership – Inadequate

And ratings for the three individual hospitals run by the trust were little better.

Hemel Hempstead General Hospital  was classified as “Requires improvement”, whilst the other two hospitals –  St Albans City Hospital and Watford General Hospital were both considered even worse – being described as “Inadequate”.

All in all very worrying for anyone living in Hertfordshire who has to rely on the medical services provided by these three local hospitals.

HERTFORDSHIRE – A HISTORY OF RECENT MEDICAL ERRORS

Sadly, Hertfordshire hospitals have seen a steady catalogue of really serious mistakes in the last few years. Here are just 4 of them;

  • Stevenage Lister Hospital required 20,000 cancer smear tests to be re-checked after one of the tester’s results dropped below the minimum 90% accuracy target for accuracy. It is estimated that about 1000 women would have to come in for a second test. The original tests were taken at Stevenage Lister Hospital, and although the samples were actually tested at the Queen Elizabeth II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City’s QE II Hospital between July 2013 and March 2014, the need for retesting wasn’t announced until February 2015
  • January 2014 saw a disappointing report on Watford General Hospital by the Care Quality Commission – Britain’s hospital regulator. As part of a routine inspection, the hospital met the required standard on only one category “Respecting and involving people who use services”. It stated that action was needed on the remaining five categories which were;
    • Care and welfare of people who use services
    • Cleanliness and infection control
    • Staffing
    • Assessing and monitoring the quality of service provision
    • Records
  • A report in October 2015 on ‘never events’ during surgery (i.e. events that should never have happened with proper medical care) found that the East And North Hertfordshire NHS Trust [responsible both for the Stevenage Lister Hospital and QE II Hospital in Welwyn Garden City]  was rated second worst nationally – with mistakes including surgery on the wrong finger and a swab having been left inside a patient after a clinical procedure
  • January 2015 saw West Hertfordshire NHS Trust apologise for an incredible ‘wrong body’ mix-up – when having been told that his father had died, a man was taken to see his father’s body – but actually shown that of another recently deceased patient. The report from the NHS Trust failed to identify at which of the 3 general hospitals belonging to the trust [St Albans City, Watford General, or Hemel Hempstead], the incident occurred.

Sadly, these errors are just the tip of the iceberg. Hertfordshire hospitals seem to have a high level of medical mistakes.

HAVING A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALIST ON YOUR SIDE IS ESSENTIAL

Any claim for compensation following medical negligence is complex – your solicitor will need to understand medical procedure and interpret medical records and x-rays.

But don’t just take our word for it.

Here is a direct quote from the website of the excellent patient justice charity AvMA [Action against Medical Accidents]];

“If you need legal advice about a potential clinical negligence claim, speak to a specialist clinical negligence solicitor accredited by AvMA. Beware of commercial websites and organisations that will seek to make money out of your ordeal. Whenever choosing a solicitor in clinical negligence look for our quality mark. We can only recommend solicitors who we have accredited through our robust and independent system. Beware of solicitors who imply that they are specialists without accreditation by AvMA, and do not be confused by the term ‘personal injury’ lawyer.”

 

HOW TO FIND YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE EXPERT

There are over 100,000 qualified solicitors nationwide, but it is only just 180 or who have been accredited by both the AvMA Specialist Medical Negligence Panel,  and the other leading panel for medical negligence solicitors – the Law Society’s own Clinical Negligence Solicitors Panel.

Currently there are no solicitors anywhere in Hertfordshire on either of these panels.

However here at Bonallack and Bishop [this website is run by us, not by claims management company] , not only does our team includes members of both of these panels, but the team also includes a solicitors who was previously a fully qualified highly experienced nurse. So you can be sure that our team really understand claiming compensation for medical errors.

We are more than happy to represent people living in Hertfordshire – in fact we are currently running medical compensation claims for a number of clients in Hertfordshire.

YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM – HOW WE CAN HELP YOU

  • FREE first phone consultation
  • FREE first appointment
  • Your claim will be run throughout by a named specialist solicitor – not a call centre junior
  • No win, no fee available to run your claim – so you won’t need to worry about racking up a big legal bill.
  • Home and hospital visits for those who cannot travel

LIVE IN HERTFORDSHIRE? THINKING OF A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM? CALL NOW

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Hemel Hempstead Medical Negligence

Have you, or a family member, been the victim of a medical error at Hemel Hempstead Hospital?

If the answer is yes, you could be entitled to claim compensation. But for the best chances of a successful claim, you’re going to need an accredited specialist medical negligence solicitor. And at the time of writing, not only is there no such solicitor in Hemel Hempstead, but there’s no such specialist anywhere in the whole of Hertfordshire.

But we can help – the specialist team of accredited medical negligence solicitors here at Bonallack and Bishop [the law firm who run this website] can help you win that compensation.

The statistics make it clear how few genuinely independently accredited specialists there are – out of over 100,000 solicitors nationwide, just 180 have been accredited by the other leading panel for medical negligence solicitors [for details see below] and our team is led by one of them. And another member of the team, prior to qualification as a solicitor, was a highly experienced nurse.

What’s more we regularly run cases in Hertfordshire.

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HOSPITAL – A HISTORY OF RECENT MEDICAL ERRORS

Hemel Hempstead Hospital sees over 100,000 patients every year, and thankfully most of them receive excellent treatment. But unfortunately there have been a series of worrying mistakes made at the hospital recently,and indeed throughout Hertfordshire, some of which have given rise to medical negligence claims.

Here are just four causes of real concern.

  • Latest CQC inspection report dated 10 September 2015
    The recent report by independent hospital regulator, the Care Quality Commission is not good news for local people. In short, the overall conclusion was that the hospital “requires improvement”.Of the four main areas looked at by the report, where there was enough information available to the sea QC, three out of four were described as substandard. In particular they found the following;

    •  Safety – Requires improvement
    •  Speed of Response –  Requires improvement
    • Leadership – Inadequate

The only good news was that overall, the level of care was described as good.

However things got no better when the CQC went into more detail, looking at particular services. Of the only two services where there was enough information, both outpatients and A&E were both described as “requiring improvement”.

All very worrying if you live in Hemel Hempstead and require medical care from your local hospital.

  • However sadly the latest 2016 report was nothing new.
    Respected hospital statistics website Dr Foster had issued a major report, covering patient deaths in NHS Trusts in England between April 2012 and March 2013. The report revealed that 16 NHS Trusts had higher death rates than would be expected among patients, and others performed badly on other factors which may contribute to patient deaths. One of the poorly performing Trusts was West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust, which is responsible for three hospitals – Watford, St Albans and Hemel Hempstead General Hospital.

Dr Foster looked into a range of hospital statistics such as a raw measure of how many people died during their hospital stay, how many died post-surgery, the numbers of patients how died within 30 days of being discharged from hospital and the deaths among low-risk patients who would have ordinarily be expected to survive. All of these figures showed that 10 hospital Trusts have one or more individual sites which have a death rate which is higher than the average for that particular Trust area.

  • Then in January 2015,  West Hertfordshire NHS Trust had to apologise for a horrible error. A man, after he had been informed that his father had died in hospital, was taken to seize father’s body – to pay his last respects. However some sort of mistake occurred and the man was actually shown the body of not his father – but of another patient who had recently died. The trust refused to identify which of the three hospitals they run was responsible for the error.
  • This followed a series of earlier errors where 810 suspected cancer patients were discharged, between January 2010 and November 2013, without having been seen. It is believed that at least one person died directly as a result of this failure and the others all needed to have their case reviewed. The Government’s Care Quality Commission has been looking into these failures.

Even Hemel Hempstead hospital’s own Facebook page fails to inspire confidence. At the time of writing this article, the latest post from a patient read as follows:

“There does not appear to be any one at Hemel Hospital or within the trust who knows how to deal with complaints , or is it that they just cannot be bothered ?”

Unsurprisingly, in 5 months, no one from the hospital has bothered answering this post on their own website.

Doesn’t give you much confidence does it?

WHY APPOINTING A SPECIALIST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITOR IS SO IMPORTANT

Click here to find out more about why you need a specialist medical negligence solicitor – and how you can identify one.

Click here to find out what a medical negligence solicitor does – and why genuine expertise is so important.

VICTIM OF MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE AT HEMEL HEMPSTEAD HOSPITAL? CALL US NOW

Strict time limitation periods apply to all medical negligence claims – so don’t delay getting in touch with us.

And you don’t need to worry about paying your legal bill with our No Win No Fee agreements.

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Basingstoke Medical Negligence Solicitors

When you’re relying on medical professionals to treat you properly, it can be devastating and infuriating when negligence causes you further health problems. In the case of a woman left with serious brain damage after Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital failed to diagnose a brain tumour, the NHS Trust accepted 90% liability and is due a multi-million pound compensation payout.

After a 5-month-old baby died after a 7-hour wait at Frimley Park Hospital in nearby Farnborough in August 2012, he was left for seven hours before being discharged without seeing a senior specialist. His condition deteriorated and he was rushed back into hospital, where he died at 6am the next morning from meningococcal septicaemia.

Do you live in Basingstoke? Have you been injured as a result of negligent practice from a doctor or other medical professional?

We can help – our Hampshire and Wiltshire and Hampshire medical negligence team are here to help you win the compensation you deserve.

BASINGSTOKE HOSPITAL – THELATEST CQC REPORT

Compared with some of the other hospitals in the south that they looked at, the latest inspection ratings published by the government health regulator in November 2015, the Care Quality Commission, doesn’t look too bad.

In fact the best news for those people in the Basingstoke area who rely on hospital for their medical treatment, is that the overall description in the report was “good”.

However there were some areas for concern. In particular the report concluded that safety issues “required improvement”. Staffing levels in some of the surgical and medical wards didn’t reach safe levels – and in particular, there were more than expected incidence what are referred to as “avoidable harms – e.g. falls and pressure ulcers.

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – WHY YOU NEED A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR

Medical negligence claims only involve a particularly complex area of law, but they also need a high level of expertise in understanding the medical issues in your case – which is essential to gather the evidence you need to win your claim, and which will often, for example, require careful analysis of hundreds of pages of medical notes and an ability to understand medical x-rays.

HOW CAN I TELL IF MY SOLICITOR IS A SPECIALIST?

The easiest way to check is to find out whether or not your law firm and your solicitor holds any of the three main specialist medical negligence quality marks:

• The Law Society Specialist Quality Mark for Clinical Negligence

• Membership of the Action against Medical Accidents Solicitors’ panel

• Membership of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Solicitors’ panel [clinical negligence is just another term for medical negligence]

You can rest assured that the medical negligence team here at Bonallack & Bishop have the specialist expertise you need – we are one of just a couple of hundred law firms nationwide (out of 10,000) with all three specialist quality marks.

YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM – WHY INSTRUCT US?

o We are local law firm – Bonallack and Bishop – with offices in Andover and Salisbury. We represent clients throughout Wiltshire and Hampshire.

o We are not a claims management company, or a remote call centre law firm – so you will meet and be represented by a specialist solicitor you will come to loan trust

o Medical negligence claim often involves highly personal information – we offer you a choice of male or female solicitor to represent you

o We offer a FREE initial phone consultation and FREE first face-to-face meeting

o Home and hospital visits are available in Basingstoke [and throughout Hampshire and Wiltshire] for those whose injuries prevent them from travelling

o There is no need to worry about paying legal costs of your medical negligence claim – we are on the panel of most of the major legal insurers, and offer “no win no fee” arrangements

NEED HELP WITH A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM IN BASINGSTOKE? CONTACT US TODAY

If you have been the victim of a negligent medical professional, our specialist team can help. To help you win the compensation you are entitled to, get in touch with our specialist medical negligence solicitors today.

  • Call us on 01264 364433 or FREEPHONE 0800 1404544,
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Winchester Medical Negligence Solicitors

Genuine expert medical negligence solicitors are hard to come by, but our specialists have the expertise you need to successfully win the compensation that innocent victims of medical errors deserve.

If you live in Winchester, we can help. Running  medical negligence claims from our local offices in Salisbury and Andover, our expert team understand the difficulties that medical negligence can cause to victims and we can minimise the stress involved in the claims process, allowing you to concentrate on recuperating.

ROYAL HAMPSHIRE COUNTY HOSPITAL – A CATALOGUE OF RECENT PROBLEMS

If you’ve been the victim of medical negligence, the effects can be truly devastating. In the case of an Andover woman born at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital, the repercussions of medical negligence were lifelong.

Becky Crothall was born at the Winchester hospital in 1988, one of twins, and birthing complications arising from the hospital staff failing to recognise the need for an emergency Caesarean meant that she developed cerebral palsy and learning difficulties. Tragically, her twin died. Nowadays Becky cannot be left unsupervised and is classed as a vulnerable adult. After taking the NHS Trust to court, she was awarded a huge financial payout.

More recently, in January 2015, the emergency department at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester was the centre of the scandal when despite struggling to cope with patient admissions for a four-day period, the hospital management simply refused to formally declare it as a “major incident” in the face of repeated requests to do so from a number of their senior doctors. Why? Allegedly because it “would look bad in the media” and the Trust would be fined. This is despite the fact that at its worst, the hospital had approximately 25 patients dumped in the ambulance corridor, with the condition of some patients being serious enough to require being given oxygen.

Interestingly, in one recent survey of hospitals in England and Wales, the Royal Hampshire County Hospital scored what was referred to as a “smart rating” of 94%  and was described as “ one of the best hospitals in the nation based on current indicators and hospital studies”. However strangely, the same survey found that just 67% of the staff actually employed their recommend the hospital! What’s going on there?

UPDATE – ROYAL HAMPSHIRE COUNTY HOSPITAL – THE LATEST CQC REPORT

The latest report by the care quality commission on Winchester’s own hospital, run by the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is reasonably positive.

In general those living in or around the Winchester area will be pleased to know that the hospital was described In the report published by the CQC in November 2015as “good. Let’s hope they keep up the apparent progress.

However safety issues were described as requiring improvement and in particular the inspection rating found that outpatients also “requires improvement”. That’s a concern given how many local people use outpatients – with 211,418 people  attending outpatient services in 2014. The report was critical in particular of what it described as, “one serious incident requiring investigation “where a patient ‘s health needs simply weren’t followed up at all.

The trust was also reported to have a disappointingly high number of clinics cancelled at short notice.

THE NEED TO INSTRUCT A SPECIALIST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SOLICITOR

Medical negligence is a very difficult area of law and few solicitors are genuine specialists. Those without sufficient experience and expertise of medical negligence claims are unlikely to win the full compensation you deserve. It’s essential to really understand both law and medicine as the success of your case will depend on a thorough understanding of medical issues and procedure, and the ability to understand the detail of many different kinds of medical evidence, including your GP or hospital notes, specialist reports and x-rays.

PROVEN SPECIALISTS IN MEDICAL CLAIMS

The best way of spotting a real specialist status when it comes to choosing a solicitor to run your medical negligence claim is membership of the two key highly selective expert legal panels. Our medical negligence solicitors are members of both of them namely;

o the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and

o the Action against Medical Accidents Panel [which is run by AvMA, the campaigning national patient justice charity]

Furthermore, our firm – along with just 120 or so others [out of almost 11,000 law firms] nationwide – has been awarded the Law Society’s Specialist Quality Mark for Clinical Negligence.

And in addition, our medical claims team consists only of experienced and qualified solicitors – your case is not run by a call centre junior but by an individual local solicitor. And what’s more, one of those solicitors is also a qualified and experienced nurse.

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?

o We are not a claims company or a faceless call centre operation. We are Bonallack and Bishop, a local law firm with offices near to Winchester [in Salisbury, Amesbury and Andover] who specialise in medical negligence cases

o We offer both initial phone advice and a first consultation FREE of charge

o We can visit you at home or in hospital anywhere in Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset, if you are too unwell to travel

o You needn’t worry about funding your claim either, because we offer ‘no win, no fee’ agreements for medical negligence claims

o We understand that some medical negligence claims involve very personal information – so you have a choice of a male or female solicitor to run your case

NEED ADVICE ON A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM IN WINCHESTER? CONTACT US NOW

If you have been the victim of medical negligence, our medical negligence team can help you. For the compensation you deserve, simply get in touch with us today.

For FREE initial advice from expert Medical Negligence Solicitors you can trust

  • Call our team now FREE on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544, or call one of our local offices directly on Salisbury [01722] 422300 or Andover [01264] 364433
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Isle Of Wight Medical Negligence Solicitors

When it comes to winning damages following medical negligence, you are always best off with specialist solicitors with plenty of medical negligence claims experience. Unfortunately such specialists are, at least at the time of writing this blog, unavailable on the Isle of Wight.

The good news is that Bonallack & Bishop are nearby and are happy to help with your compensation claim against St Mary’s Hospital or any other medical professional on the Island.

THE ISLE OF WIGHT – RECENT CONCERNS WITH MEDICAL CARE

Unfortunately, medical care on the Isle of Wight has seen better days. The first report on Isle of Wight NHS Trust by the the CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals in 2014 rated many services at St Mary’s Hospital and IOW Community Health services as requiring improvement, resulting in the IOW NHS Trust being issued with a warning notice. There were particular concerns with regard to staffing levels, admissions and the proper regulation of medicines.

Worringly, both actual medical care (including older people’s care) and what is referred to as “end of life care” were both described as “requiring improvement” – which according to the Care Quality Commission simply means that the service isn’t performing as well as it should.

In addition to this, the report found that A&E patients were, quite remarkably, being assessed by a receptionist with no medical qualifications whatsoever.

Sadly this wasn’t the first sign of problems at the Isle of Wight’s principal NHS hospital. In 2012, a health watchdog investigated St Mary’s hospital after a patient reported being discharged onto the streets barefoot and in their nightclothes at 4.30am.

More recently, in April 2015, a man was awarded a seven-figure sum in compensation plus annual payments for being discharged from St Mary’s despite having severe head injuries and permanent brain damage.

If you’ve suffered as a result of negligence at the hands of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, you could be entitled to compensation too.

HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO INSTRUCT A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALIST?

Due to the complexity of this area of law, winning your claim is never easy and requires a lawyer with an excellent grasp of both legal and medical concepts. Our medical solicitors have the required skills to call themselves genuine specialists so if you instruct one of our team you will give yourself the best possible chance of success.

However, don’t just take our word for the need for specialist advice – here is a direct quote from the website of AvMA – Action against Medical Accidents, the independent and highly regarded UK medical negligence victim support charity;

“Whenever choosing a solicitor in clinical negligence look for our quality mark. We can only recommend solicitors who we have accredited through our robust and independent system.”

 

BONALLACK & BISHOP – PROVEN EXPERTISE ON MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE

Unlike the vast majority of medical negligence (also known as clinical negligence) lawyers who claim to be specialists, our medical negligence team can prove their specialist status through their membership of two highly exclusive medical negligence legal panels

Out of over 100,000 qualified solicitors, only around 180 are members of both the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel and the Action Against Medical Accidents Panel. The head of our specialist medical claims team is one of them, and that’s why we run so many medical negligence cases on the Island.

You won’t find any other solicitors in the Isle of Wight with such accreditation which is why to give yourself the best chance of success in winning the compensation you deserve,  choose the specialist medical negligence team here at Bonallack & Bishop.

FREE ADVICE ON YOUR MEDICAL CLAIM

Contact one of our solicitors for;

  • a FREE no strings attached initial phone consultation on whether you have grounds for compensation
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  • a first appointment FREE of charge
  • No win no fee funding form your claim so you don’t have to worry about paying your legal bill

HOME AND HOSPITAL VISITS ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT

We pride ourselves on our excellent client service.  So if your medical condition means that you can’t travel the serious, our team are happy to make home and hospital visits if desired.

ACT TODAY OR RISK LOSING YOUR RIGHT TO CLAIM COMPENSATION

All medical negligence claims strict time limits – that means if you put off contacting a solicitor about making your claim, you could lose out on the compensation you deserve entirely.

ISLE OF WIGHT MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS – CALL TODAY FOR FREE ADVICE

If you have been harmed by a negligent medical professional, it is only fair that you are compensated for the pain, suffering and financial hardship that you’ve endured. Our specialist medical negligence lawyers will work tirelessly to recover the full and fair amount of compensation you deserve.

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Poole Medical Negligence Solicitors

Although most medical procedures in and around Poole go ahead successfully and without complications, not everyone is so fortunate.

If you are the victim of medical negligence you may find that you can no longer work, putting your and your family’s financial security at risk. The decision to make a medical negligence claim is not an easy one – but given what’s at stake, it is important that you choose a specialist solicitor.

Our medical negligence team are genuine specialists and if you live in Poole, we can help win you the compensation you are entitled to.

RECENT MEDICAL ERRORS IN POOLE

One girl born at Poole Hospital in 2004, who was a larger than average baby due to her mother’s medical condition, was left disabled at birth because of errors made by hospital staff.

When she was born, hospital staff used something known as the ‘corkscrew’ method to deliver her — something which displaced her right shoulder. , leaving Laura unable to use her right arm. Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were found guilty of medical negligence and Laura was awarded £100,000 in compensation, which she will receive on her 18th birthday.

Thankfully Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust apologised to Laura’s family, something which a surprising number of hospitals simply refuse to do even after clear mistakes are pointed out. The hospital also disclosed that the training of doctors has been “strengthened” since the mistakes made during Laura’s birth.

Remarkably recent research suggests that up to 5% of patients suffer whilst getting medical treatment as a result of medical negligence [often referred to as clinical negligence – it’s the same thing].

ARE STANDARDS IMPROVING AT POOLE HOSPITAL?

Early 2016 saw the publication by Monitor [the nationwide health regulator] of the NHS  “leaning from mistakes” league table. The good news is that Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust was ranked top in Dorset,and 30th out of 230 NHS trusts in England.

Let’s hope this is a step in the right direction to reduce the number of errors made at the hospital.

HOW TO IDENTIFY YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALIST?

There are 2 simple ways of identifying whether a solicitor is a real medical negligence specialist or not – membership of two specialist national panels run by

1. the Law Society and

2. AvMA [the independent patient justice charity, Action Against Medical Accidents]

There are only around 180 solicitors nationwide (out of over 100,000 qualified solicitors) who are currently on both of these panels. Currently no Poole Solicitors are on either of these – we are on both.

POOLE MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – HOW WE CAN HELP

Our team are happy to provide;

• FREE initial advice on the phone

• FREE first interview

• Hospital or home visits anywhere in Poole, Bournemouth or Dorset if you can’t travel

• No win no fee for medical compensation claims – so you don’t have to worry about paying legal bills and you keep 100% of your compensation.

Our solicitors will determine early on what the prospects of success are for your claim – and the level of damages you are likely to receive. What’s more, our medical negligence team are familiar with all types of medical claims, including:

• Surgical negligence

• Claims against GPs

• Private medical treatment claims

• Birth injury claims

• Negligent treatment of sports injuries

DON’T DELAY – CALL 01202 834450 TODAY

If you delay making your medical negligence claim you could miss out on your chance to win the compensation you deserve altogether. To prevent this from happening,

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Maidstone Hospital – more negligence and poor performance

Maidstone Hospital – medical errors and lack of improvement – the latest update

Since this blog was originally written back in 2014, the position at Maidstone Hospital doesn’t seem to have improved.

The latest review was made by the Care Quality Commission report on the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust which runs a number of other services including The Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. The overall conclusion was that the trust still “requires improvement”.

In describing how the trust was run, as you will see below, only the level of care was described as good. All the others either required improvement and its particular damning that the leadership was described as frankly “inadequate”. In particular the report found the following;

  • Safety – Requires improvement
  • Effective – Requires improvement
  • Levels of care – Good
  • Speed of Response –  Requires improvement
  • Leadership – Inadequate

If that wasn’t bad enough, of the 7 individual medical services provided by the Maidstone Hospital Trust,  just one was up to scratch. The report described these services as follows;

  • A and E services (A&E) – Requires improvement
  • End of life care  – Requires improvement
  • Medical care (including older people’s care) – Requires improvement
  • Intensive  care- Inadequate
  • Maternity and gynaecology – Good
  • Outpatients – Requires improvement
  • Services for children & young people -Requires improvement

It really doesn’t make good reading does it.

Recent medical mistakes?

There was the case of Frances Cappuccini, the 30 year old mother of two, who died after giving birth by emergency Caesarean section. Her husband is currently in the process of making a medical negligence claim against the trust.

In 2015, a widow from Aylesford was awarded £177,000 for the death of her husband – after his heart condition Mars missed by Maidstone Hospital in December 2012. The man had earlier been discharged with follow-up and during the subsequent investigation the hospital eventually admitted that he should have been admitted to hospital instead of being sent home.

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Grieving relatives of five patients who died following keyhole surgery have been angered by what they believe is a “cover-up” by hospital authorities. They have demanded to be told the truth about the circumstances leading to the deaths of their loved ones.

Expected legal action for medical negligence

They are now preparing to take legal action against Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust in Kent and have voiced their concern about the failure to reveal the full findings of an external formal investigation by the Royal College of Surgeons.

Three NHS surgeons, based at the trust, have been stopped from carrying out the procedure for upper gastrointestinal cancer but have been allowed to carry on working.

Lawyers are now looking at a further 17 cases involving the surgery that has led to complications or death following botched operations by the consultants.

Despite the ban on carrying out the keyhole operation used on cancer patients, the three surgeons are still continuing with their usual duties and other surgical procedures at the trust’s hospitals alongside their private work.

The scandal is the latest of many in recent times to hit the turbulent NHS trust. The three men have been referred to the General Medical Council (GMC) that is poised to consider whether to investigate their fitness to practice while no disciplinary action has yet been taken against them by the trust.

Controversy also surrounds the motives of the three surgeons in carrying out the keyhole procedure amid claims that it was an attempt to raise their personal professional profiles in what is a highly competitive field.

It is understood that medics who were invited to attend a live broadcast of one such procedure, which resulted in the death of a 51-year-old patient, paid in the region of £900 for tickets to attend the practical seminar.

The relatives of those who died are now in the process of suing for medical negligence and Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells Trust has also referred itself to the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) after “unexpected” and “potentially avoidable” fatalities after gastrointestinal surgical procedures in 2012 and 2013.

Following an investigation by the RCS it was recommended that the trust cease all “oesophageal and gastric resection operations” until it had addressed its failings.

It issued a warning stating that the surgeons had not demonstrated “sufficient attention to the detail of surgical outcomes or clinical decision-making in respect of keyhole procedures.” The full RCS report on its findings has not yet been revealed by the trust.

It is understood that the report makes reference to an anonymous letter from whistleblowers working for the trust highlighting their serious concerns about “dangerous and unethical practices” in surgery and the frequency of warnings made by staff in the unit over poor standards of care.

Meanwhile patients are now forced to travel to St Thomas’ Hospital, London, while the GI work is suspended at the trust.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust defended its position in not releasing the full report following the RCS investigation stating that it was the focus of a continuing review by the GMC and consultants and may involve points of “factual accuracy”.

The trust added that it fully “accepted and implemented” the review’s recommendations and that this meant consultants responsible for the procedure should no longer carry out laparoscopic upper gastrointestinal cancer surgery.

Maidstone Hospital and medical negligence – it’s nothing new

This particular Trust is of course no stranger to controversy. Back in 2007 the Healthcare Commission was strongly critical of the way the Trust handled a nasty outbreak of Clostridium Difficile [or C Difficile as it is usually known] in its hospitals in a period April 2004 to September 2006. The Commission’s report estimated that about 90 patients “definitely or probably” died as a result of the superbug infection, a situation which, the Health Secretary at the time, Alan Johnson, described as “scandalous”.

My concern about medical negligence in Maidstone – it’s really personal

I’m particularly interested in this case. Firstly, I was born and bred in Maidstone – after being born in the old Fant Lane Hospital, I was very well treated in a number of admissions as a child to the old West Kent General Hospital in Marsham Street in the town centre.

What’s more, my father was Secretary of the group of local hospitals back in the 70s – which meant he was responsible for running West Kent and some others – and I’m sure he would have been horrified by the culture of poor standards that seems to have become endemic to the Maidstone Hospital since then. The NHS Trust seems prepared to put up with case after case of medical negligence – and when it comes to medical negligence and Maidstone, that’s a very sore spot with me – as my father, who died back in the 1980s after retiring from the hospital service, did so at Maidstone General Hospital after his own cancer was misdiagnosed for some time by a local GP.

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Medical negligence in Dorchester-errors at Dorset County Hospital

MISTAKES AT DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL – THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM

Dorchester’s Dorset County Hospital has quite a history of clinical errors. The most recent figures available, released by the NHS itself in April 2014, showed that a total of 76 medical negligence claims against that hospital alone had been settled since 2009. The combined compensation paid out to victims of medical negligence at the hospital over that period was over £6 million.

Of those 76 successful claims, 17 of them involved errors with diagnosis, five with tests or test results and 26 mistakes made during surgery or other treatments or procedures. One sadly involved an infant fatality.

One boy was left in a wheelchair prior to his birth in 2002 and is due a very large payout, which wasn’t included in the £6 million figure released in 2014. When the figures were released, the hospital’s spokesperson was relentless in claiming that the figures were about average for a UK hospital and showed no remorse for the situation. A patient governor later stated that he had not been informed of the payouts and only found out after the Dorset Echo contacted him.

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL – THE POSITION IN 2016

August 2016 saw an update for the Dorchester hospital when the latest Care Quality Commission inspection ratings were published.

Unfortunately it doesn’t make good reading.

Death rates in hospital and up to 30 days after discharge were described as “ worse than expected”

The report went on to find that each of the following basic medical services provided at the hospital “requires recruitment

  • A&E
  • Outpatients
  • Maternity and gynaecology
  • End of life care

And in summarising the whole of the services provided by the hospital, improvement was also required with regard to issues of “safety” and “leadership”

That’s probably why we have always seen a sad and surprisingly high of medical negligence cases in Dorchester.

DORSET COUNTY HOSPITAL – THE DR FOSTER VERDICT

Unfortunately, the latest Care Quality Commission report seems to largely confirm the findings of another very comprehensive report earlier in the decade.

According to statistics from the highly respected Dr Foster Hospital Guide 2011 [the guide was produced annually by the Dr Foster unit at Imperial College in London – and was the best and most comprehensive independent benchmarking of hospital standards nationwide], the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester is performing within the expected range for four key performance indicators. However, despite the fact that the results fall into the expected range, they are not as encouraging as the performance achieved by some other hospitals.

For example, for the SHMI result (which measures deaths following hospital treatment), Dorset County Hospital achieved a score of 103. This was by no means the highest, but when you consider that some hospitals were achieving significantly lower scores (such as 78), there is clearly still room for improvement.

The hospital scored 109 on the HSMR indicator, which is a measure of 56 conditions that account for 80% of deaths in hospital. Again, this was within the expected range but other trusts achieved lower scores – for instance, Cambridge University Hospitals scored a lower than expected 75.

One area where it seems Dorset County Hospital definitely needs to improve is in AAA surgery. AAA stands for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm, and hospitals that perform the surgery infrequently can have up to 70% higher death rates than those who perform it often. As it carried out less than 35 procedures in 2010/11, the Dr Foster guide recommends that the trust either increases the number it carries out or ceases to perform the operation altogether. This is due to the fact that larger units have better survival rates.

Overall, it seems that while Dorset County Hospital  is by no means the worst performing, there are still areas where it could definitely improve patient care – and that means there is a real risk of medical negligence in Dorchester and that’s where our specialist medical solicitors can help.

DORCHESTER MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE? CALL OUR SOLICITORS TODAY

If you think that you have been the victim of medical negligence at Dorset County Hospital, call or email our specialist medical negligence solicitors today. Home and hospital visits are available throughout Dorset.

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Wimborne Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you live in Wimborne, you’re likely to have been treated at Wimborne Community Hospital, otherwise known as Victoria Hospital, at some point. If not, you’ve probably received treatment at one of the town’s GP practices or even at a dentist.

You’ll know, then, that the potential for things to go wrong is quite high, despite the fact that it’s thankfully rare.

Things do go wrong, though, and when a mistake is made in your medical treatment or there is an error in your diagnosis, great harm and trauma can be caused — both physically and psychologically. In this case, you may well have a case for clinical negligence against the medical professionals who treated you.

If you do live in Wimborne and have been unfortunate enough to have suffered from medical negligence, you will not be able to find accredited a specialist medical negligence solicitor in Wimborne to run your compensation claim – at least at the time of writing this blog entry.

Thankfully, Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire-based solicitors Bonallack & Bishop have the trained specialist solicitors you need – and can make home or hospital visits to clients both in Wimborne, and throughout Dorset. Our team have helped injured patients throughout Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset win medical compensation worth many millions of pounds.

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS – WHY INSTRUCTING THEM IS CRUCIAL

To get the best possible result in your medical negligence claim, appointing a genuinely specialist solicitor to run your case is so very important.

Your solicitor will need not only legal knowledge, but also a good understanding of complex medical concepts – how else will they make sense of your medical records and any x-ray or independent medical report about your condition. Non-specialist solicitors simply don’t have the skills in this most complex area of law.

The medical negligence solicitors here at Bonallack and Bishop have the experience you need to recover the compensation you deserve.

ACCREDITED MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIMS EXPERTS

But how do you know whether or not your solicitor is a medical negligence expert. This is surprisingly straightforward, because there are two panels and one quality mark to look out for – which are excellent indicators of genuine professional expertise in medical negligence [or clinical negligence as it is also known]:

• The Law Society Clinical Negligence panel

• The Action against Medical Accidents solicitors panel [run by AvMA – the charity for patient safety and justice]

• The Legal Services Commission Specialist Quality Mark for Clinical Negligence

Don’t just take our word about the importance of accredited, panel specialists. To quote from the website run by AvMA;

“Beware of solicitors who imply that they are specialists without accreditation by AvMA or the Law Society, and do not be confused by the term ‘personal injury’ lawyer. Clinical Negligence is a highly specialist field of its own.”

HOW OUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM CAN HELP YOU CLAIM

o We offer FREE initial phone advice

o We provide FREE first consultation

o Our solicitors can make home or hospital visits to clients both in Wimborne, and throughout Dorset

o We offer ‘no win no fee agreements’ – so you don’t need to worry about having to pay your legal costs whether you win or lose your claim for compensation

o Our team cover the full range of medical negligence claims – and have particular experience of birth injury, hip replacement recall, spinal injury and fatal accident claims

o Our accident claim team only deal with medical negligence and personal injury claims – and we only act only for claimants

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Marlborough Medical Negligence Solicitors

If you live in Marlborough and believe that you have been the victim of medical negligence, you should talk to specialist solicitors about claiming compensation. Our Wiltshire based  team have the expertise you need.

Marlborough and Swindon Hospitals – a History of Recent Problems

NHS patients in Marlborough are usually treated in Swindon’s great Western Hospital or Marlborough’s own, much smaller, Savernake Community Hospital.

The last few years have sadly seen an ongoing series of serious failures and medical mistakes at the hospitals run by the controlling NHS trust – Great Western Hospitals Trust.

Here are just a few of the very real concerns about medical errors and standards of patient care;

  • A report by Government health watchdog the Care Quality Commission published in January 2016 found that hospitals run by the Great Western Hospitals Trust “required improvement”. Perhaps most worryingly, the CQC stated “overall, we rated safety of the services in the trust as ‘requires improvement”.

Going into more detail, of the twelve areas looked at by the inspection team, half of them also received a damning judgement of ‘requires improvement’, and worse still, Urgent and Emergency care services were described as ‘inadequate’. Click here if you want to read more about the CQC report

  • the trust has a record of numerous “never events”. Never events are serious medical errors that should never have happened.

Recently,  between May 2014 – April 2015, the trust managed to report two “never events”. This was sadly nothing new – but merely the latest in a series of events. For example the GWH managed six such events in 2011-2012, including one swab that was left inside a breast cancer patient after surgery in, and a couple more in 2013.

  • Earlier, woman died at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital after having an epidural anaesthetic injected into her arm rather than her spine in error during labour

MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE – MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR ON SIDE

To successfully run your medical negligence claim, your solicitor will need to look through detailed medical records and extract information to find the evidence you will need to prove your case. This requires a good knowledge of medicine on top of legal expertise, and as a result, only specialist medical negligence solicitors will do.

The medical negligence team here at Bonallack and Bishop have many years of experience in this complex area of law and are happy to help clients in Marlborough – and to make home and hospital visits throughout Wiltshire for anyone who is too unwell to travel.

OUR SOLICITORS ARE ACCREDITED MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE EXPERTS

With so many solicitors claiming to be experts these days, how can you be sure? The best way to check that a solicitor is a medical negligence solicitor is to check for the two leading specialist quality panels:

• Membership of the Action against Medical Accidents Solicitors Panel – run by AvMA, the highly respected patient justice charity

• Membership of the Law Society Clinical Negligence Panel [clinical negligence is just another term for medical negligence]

It’s worth noting that out of around 100,000 qualified solicitors in England and Wales, just 180 or so are members of both the AvMA and Law Society specialist panels. Our medical negligence team is headed up by one of those – and another of our medical negligence solicitors has years of experience as a qualified nurse.

WHY CHOOSE US FOR YOUR MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM?

o As you can see, we are genuine specialists

o We are not a faceless claims management company, or call centre operation – we are well established Salisbury and Amesbury solicitors, Bonallack and Bishop, and your case will be run throughout in person by an experienced medical negligence solicitor

o We also offer FREE no strings attached initial advice over the phone as well as a FREE first appointment

o We are happy to make home and hospital visits in Marlborough or indeed throughout Wiltshire for anyone who is too unwell to travel to visit us

o We offer no win no fee agreements for medical negligence claims – so you need not worry about paying legal fees

o We offer a choice of male or female solicitors to run your case if you wish

LIVE IN THE MARLBOROUGH AREA? THINKING OF A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM? CALL OUR SPECIALISTS TODAY

If you been the victim of a medical error and live in Marlborough, we can help you recover the full amount of compensation you are entitled to.

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