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

CALL US ON 01202 834450 TODAY

Too many people miss out on their chance to win compensation following medical negligence because they leave it too late to make a claim – so don’t delay.

Call 01202 834450 TODAY to see if you have grounds for a medical negligence claim, or contact us using the contact form below:

    Making a Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim

    Needlestick injury” refers tom any injury caused as a result of a hypodermic needle, scalpel or lancet accidently puncturing the skin. This can lead to complications with pain, bleeding and swelling and in the most serious cases blood-borne infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.

    Most common in the health care professions [and often referred to as sharps injuries], needlestick injuries are a well-known hazard with sometimes serious consequences. It can take several months to find out if an infection has been transmitted and therefore can cause much pain and stress to the victim.

    It is sometimes necessary to make a needlestick injury claim where negligence has caused the injury to be unavoidable in the workplace.

    Needlestick injury – who is most at risk

    Workers most at risk of needlestick injuries include doctors, nurses, dentists, cleaners, prison staff, social workers, police and waste disposal operatives. Despite the risk associated with the environment in which you may work, the majority of needlestick injuries can be prevented when proper care is taken by the employer regarding needle usage and disposal of needles or the provision of proper protective clothing and equipment.

    Although those working in the medical profession are usually most vulnerable to a needlestick injury, these kind of injuries can injure those in other occupations – including cleaners, tattoo artists and refuse collectors, and even carers and children who prick themselves when picking up used needles.

    What’s more, the number of needlestick injuries in both the medical and dental professions have increased significantly in recent years – the period between 2002 and 2011 saw numbers affected rise by 131%

    Thinking of a Needlestick Injury Compensation Claim – call us today

    If you have experienced a needlestick injury and feel it could be due to the negligence of another, you could be entitled to make a compensation claim and therefore should seek advice from specialist medical negligence solicitors.

    Our medical solicitors have the expertise you need – so get in contact with us today for expert help and guidance with any needlestick claim.

    .For FREE initial advice and a FREE 1st appointment from expert Medical Negligence Solicitors you can trust

    • Call our team now FREE on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544
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      Wincanton Medical Negligence Solicitors

      People living in Wincanton are fortunate to have the highly rated Wincanton Community Hospital in their town. However, despite the hospital’s excellent reputation and level of care, sometimes standards do slip and mistakes are made. In any other walk of life, mistakes can often be worked around and a simple apology will do. In a medical setting, though, that’s not always the case.

      If you’ve been affected by a medical professional incorrectly diagnosing or treating you at Wincanton Community Hospital [or at any of the other hospitals, clinics or GP surgeries covering the Wincanton area], the results can be extremely distressing. You could be caused serious injury or harm or even have your life threatened. As a result, you may well be entitled to claim compensation for medical negligence.

      LOCAL MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE EXPERTS?

      If you live in Wincanton, you are going to struggle to find the right medical negligence solicitor locally. Currently there are simply no accredited specialist medical negligence solicitors in Wincanton.

      But Wessex based solicitors, Bonallack & Bishop, have the expertise you need in order to recover the full compensation payout you deserve – and our team have helped clients throughout Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire and Dorset recover many millions of pounds in medical negligence compensation.

      WHY SPECIALIST MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE ADVICE IS SO IMPORTANT

      Don’t just take our word for it. To quote from their website of leading patient justice charity AvMA [ Action against Medical Accidents]

      “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 or the Law Society.”

      Quite a few law firms do medical negligence work and some claim to be specialists – but, in reality, very few actually are. The difficulty of medical negligence work is often underestimated and the solicitors who specialise in it need skills spanning both medical negligence law and medical practice. Why? Because the evidence needed to support your claim will involve complex medical records, reports, medical terminology and may have to involve, for example, examination of your x-rays to construct a convincing argument on your behalf. Only specialist medical solicitors have these skills.

      HOW CAN I IDENTIFY A SPECIALIST SOLICITOR?

      Claiming specialist knowledge means nothing unless you can prove your credentials. Our team’s expertise is proven by our quality mark and membership of both leading specialist legal panels.

      o Out of 11,000 law firms in England and Wales, we are one of just 120 to be awarded the Legal Services Commission Specialist Quality Mark for Clinical Negligence [another term for Medical Negligence]

      o Furthermore there are just a couple of hundred solicitors nationwide to have been granted membership of either of the specialist medical negligence solicitors’ panels run by the Action against Medical Accidents and the Law Society itself. Our team includes members of both these panels.

      CLAIMING COMPENSATION IN WINCANTON – HOW WE CAN HELP

      o Call our team and get a FREE initial phone consultation.

      o Your first interview in person with one of our solicitors is also FREE.

      o Don’t worry about expensive legal fees – because we can handle your claim on a “no win no fee” basis – so whether you win or lose, you won’t have to pay legal fees

      o Our team can visit you in hospital, or in the comfort of your own home in Wincanton or throughout Somerset if your injuries make it difficult for you to travel

      o Our team’s experience covers the full range of medical negligence claims, from GP negligence and surgical errors, to birth injury and delayed diagnosis claims.

      CONSIDERING A MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE CLAIM? CALL US NOW

      Join the hundreds of victims of medical negligence who have benefited from our expertise and experience of our medical negligence team. So to win the damages you deserve following a medical error:

      For FREE initial advice, just call our medical negligence claims solicitors today;

      • locally on Salisbury [01722] 422300 or FREE on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544
        OR
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        Undiagnosed Fractures and Claiming Medical Negligence Compensation

        If you have suffered a fracture which was not diagnosed or treated properly, and you go on to suffer complications at a later date, then you may have grounds for a medical negligence compensation claim.

        How Fractures are Diagnosed

        When a patient sees a doctor because they think they may have broken a bone, the first step should be to send them for an x-ray to confirm whether or not the bone is broken. A radiographer is the person whose job it is to take the x-rays and then look at the results. Fractures are not unusual injuries, and a competent radiographer should easily be able to spot a broken bone on an x-ray.

        If a fracture is noticed on the x-ray, the doctor must then decide on the most appropriate form of treatment. In many cases, this treatment will involve putting a plaster cast on the fractured bone to allow it to heal. Plaster casts are not suitable for all fractures and may not be needed in all cases. For very serious breaks, an operation may be needed.

        Missing a Fracture Diagnosis

        There are unfortunately times when the diagnosis of a fracture is missed. This might be because a medical professional looks at a patient, decides that nothing is broken and never sends them to have an x-ray. In other cases, the doctor may send the patient for an x-ray, but the radiographer does not spot the broken bone while looking at the x-ray picture.

        Not Treating a Fracture

        Sometimes there are cases where doctors deliberately do not treat a broken bone, when a plaster cast or surgery would have been the most appropriate course of action. These sorts of medical mistakes can lead to bones healing in a twisted, deformed or bent manner.

        Medical Negligence Compensation and Missed Fractures

        If you have suffered a broken bone which was not diagnosed or which was wrongly treated, you might be able to claim compensation. Compensation may be due if clinical errors have caused you potentially avoidable problems such as the malunion of a bone [when bones have healed but  are not lined up properly causing a twisting or shortening of the bone] or the need for further surgery and the re-breaking of the bone, which could have potentially have been avoided with better medical care.

        Suffered an Undiagnosed Fracture?Thinking of Claiming Medical Negligence Compensation? Call us today

        Our specialist Medical Negligence team can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

        We offer FREE initial phone advice, a FREE first appointment and no win no fee arrangements for injury claims – so you don’t have to worry about paying legal bills

        • Call FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 today for a FREE initial phone consultation OR
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          Misdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

          According to the leading cancer charity Cancer Research UK, there are over 46,000 Britons diagnosed with breast cancer every year, making it the most common type of cancer in the UK.

          In some cases unfortunately, some patients could have had their cancer diagnosed sooner. If this has happened to a loved one or to you, what options are open to you? What things can you do, and is it worth claiming for medical negligence to stop the same thing happening to someone else?

          What Constitutes Breast Cancer Negligence?

          There are many reasons why a breast cancer case might end in a claim for medical negligence. Some of the most common are:

          • Failure to diagnose breast cancer quickly enough
          • Not diagnosing breast cancer from the patient’s symptoms and signs
          • Missing breast cancer after the patient has had a scan

          NICE Guidelines on Referral

          The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has set out guidelines stating when GPs should arrange to refer their patients urgently to a breast cancer specialist. These are:

          • Patients with a separate, distinct, hard lump which is fixed, with or without dimpling, whatever their age
          • People aged over 30 who have a distinct lump which is still there after the next menstrual period, or which appears after menopause
          • Women aged under 30 with a growing lump, or who have other factors linked with cancer such as a strong family history
          • Patients who have had breast cancer before and who have a new lump or other symptoms, whatever their age
          • Patients who notice a change in their nipple shape
          • Patients experiencing bloody discharge from one nipple
          • Males aged 50 or over who have found a firm lump on one breast but who are not experiencing changes in their skin or the shape of their nipple.

          Any of these patients should be seen within a fortnight of being referred.

          Medical Negligence and Delayed Diagnosis

          An estimated 1 in 9 women [and a very small number of men ] will be affected by breast cancer at some point during their life. The prognosis for many of them is good however, as breast cancer can often be successfully treated. The chances of making a full recovery are always greater if the cancer is caught early. Any delay in the initial diagnosis may lead to the cancer spreading which means it requires more radical treatment and may even prove fatal.

          It’s for these reasons that it is so important that GPs pick up the symptoms and signs of breast cancer and make sure that patients are referred on to see a specialist. If the doctor delays, this could lead to a delay in diagnosis and any treatment which is needed. Any delay could dramatically change a patient’s chances of making a full recovery.

          Could I be Entitled to Make a Claim?

          If you think that the care provided to you by did not meet the standards you would expect from a medical professional, then you might be able to make a claim for medical negligence compensation. Misdiagnosing or failing to diagnose a serious condition such as breast cancer can have a serious effect on your recovery chances.

          You may have grounds for a claim if your family doctor doesn’t pick up the symptoms of breast cancer, and as a consequence your treatment is delayed. If you had been examined properly, you may well have been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the suffering may have been reduced.

          Sometimes, if a doctor delays in diagnosing breast cancer this can mean that the cancer has the opportunity to spread. This sort of misdiagnosis of breast cancer can cause serious levels of suffering, and even has the potential to be fatal for the patient concerned.

          If you, or a loved one, has experienced any delay in breast cancer diagnosis which has led to some sort of injury, get in touch with a specialist solicitor as soon as possible to find out whether you have fallen victim to medical negligence. If a medical professional has not identified symptoms of breast cancer or has failed to refer you for further tests then they might have given you a below standard level of care. If this is the case, then you will have grounds for putting forward a claim for medical negligence compensation.

          Thinking of a Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis Claim? Call our specialists today

          Our expert Medical Negligence team can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

          We offer FREE initial phone advice, a FREE first appointment and no win no fee arrangements for medical error claims – so you don’t have to worry about paying legal bills

          • Call our team now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 today for a FREE initial phone consultation OR
          • Fill out the enquiry form below

            Claiming Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation

            Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK, especially in people aged between 15 and34, and is most commonly found in white skin.

            Approximately 13,300 Britons were diagnosed with malignant skin cancer in 2011-  that amounts to 37 people each day. According to the latest NHS figures, more than 2,000 people die every year in the UK from melanoma alone.

            Over the last thirty years, the numbers of people diagnosed with skin cancer in the UK have gone up faster than any of the other ten most common cancers. Why? It’s due to the fact that having a tan is seen as something which is healthy and fashionable. Tanned skin is in fact a sign that our skin has become damaged, and people who are sun worshippers, or addicted to tanning salons, are running the risk of developing skin cancer.

            Types of Skin Cancer

            There are two main types of skin cancer:

            1. Non-melanoma skin cancer is a group of cancers which are slow to develop. They occur in the upper layers of the skin and do not spread as fast through the body as melanoma. Squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma are the most common types of non-melanoma skin cancers.
            2. Melanoma is a less common type of cancer, but is also more severe. It starts as cancerous moles on the skin, and may quickly spread into other parts of the body.

            Signs and Symptoms of Skin Cancer

            The signs of skin cancer will depend on the type of cancer the patient has.

            With non-melanoma skin cancer, the first sign is often a patch or lump on the skin which does not heal on its own. Lumps which are cancerous are mostly firm and red, and patches are flatter and scalier. Anyone who has a lump which does not heal within a month should make an appointment to see their GP, as it could be one of the first symptoms of skin cancer.

            A melanoma skin cancer most often appears first as changes to a mole, or a new mole appearing. These moles can appear anywhere, but the most common places are on the back, face and limbs. Melanomas might have an irregular shape, and be a variety of colours. They might be bigger than other moles and can be itchy and may bleed.

            Diagnosing Skin Cancer

            A GP will first refer a patient with suspected skin cancer to a specialist, who will carry out tests to accurately diagnose the cancer. If the suspicion of cancer is confirmed, then the doctors may recommend surgery to remove a piece of skin around the affected area. If the patient’s cancer is diagnosed as melanoma, further tests will be needed to determine whether the cancer is malignant melanoma, as this sort of cancer is more likely to have spread.

            Treating Skin Cancer

            Every skin cancer is different and the correct treatment will be tailored to the individual. When deciding which treatment is most appropriate in your case, doctors will take into account:

            • The type of skin cancer which you have
            • How big the cancer is and whether or not it has spread
            • The patient’s general health and wellbeing

            The doctors will then design a treatment programme which could involve removal of the cancer during surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy directed at the skin, or cauterisation using electric current.

            The aims of treatment will also depend on the stage of the cancer. If the skin cancer has been diagnosed early then the expected outcomes should be positive, with the goal of treatment to completely remove the cancer. If however the cancer is detected until later stages and if it has spread to other areas of the body, the aims of treatment may be about prolonging quality of life and controlling the patient’s symptoms.

            Misdiagnosis Compensation Claims and Skin Cancer

            There are many different circumstances which might result in a medical negligence claim connected with skin cancer.

            • There could be a delay in diagnosing the cancer at the outset. This could be due to the family doctor simply not recognising symptoms which should have led him to refer the patient for more tests. In order for a compensation claim to be successful, a patient has to show that the delay meant a worse outcome. This is often the case when a skin cancer is left without treatment. In skin cancers delays can be important as how quickly the cancer spreads and how easily it can be treated is often closely linked to the outcome for the patient.
            • After the diagnosis has been made, it is essential that the patient fully understands his or her options for treatment. Sometimes, having surgery may mean that the patient risks serious disabilities in the future and may cause a harmless tumour to become malignant. It is therefore very important that the doctors inform patients fully of these risks. Occasionally doctors fail to adequately explain treatment options and allied risks – and that can also provide grounds for claiming medical negligence compensation
            • If surgery is recommended, it has to be carried out carefully, avoiding any complications like damage to nerves or infection. Negligence surgery is a further reason for a claim to be made
            • There are even occasionally cases where patients who do not have skin cancer are diagnosed as having the condition. These patients have to suffer the mental stress of thinking of themselves as a cancer patients, and might even have to go through all of the pre-operation tests and perhaps even surgery, when they actually don’t have cancer at all. This sort of case can also result in a compensation claim due to both the distress suffered as well as the time the patient has needed to take off work and the associated financial implications.

            Avoiding a Claim – good practice for GPs

            The following five stages are sensible steps for your GP to have taken – failure to follow one or more of these, can be associated with medical negligence claims

            1. Family doctors should ensure that they give their full attention to patients raising more than one matter during an appointment. If there is not time to deal with everything, they should make another appointment.
            2. GPs should also make detailed and accurate medical notes about the patient’s illness, and also note down any other matters which the patient mentions during an appointment.
            3. Getting a malignant melanoma diagnosed quickly is particularly important.
            4. When examining a patient’s skin, the GP should record the site and size of any lesion, and describe its appearance. All other lesions should also be noted down.
            5. If dealing with suspected melanoma, the doctor should note whether it has changed in size, shape, colour or symptoms.

            Thinking of Claiming Skin Cancer Misdiagnosis Compensation? Call us today

            Our expert Medical Negligence team can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

            We offer FREE initial phone advice, a FREE first appointment and no win no fee arrangements for injury claims – so you don’t have to worry about paying legal bills

            • Call our team now on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 for a FREE initial phone consultation OR
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              Lung Cancer – Delayed Diagnosis and Misdiagnosis Claims

              Solicitors Specialising in Lung Cancer Misdiagnosis Claims

              Lung cancer is a big killer in the UK;

              • 43,463 Britons were diagnosed with the disease in 2011, and 2012 saw 35,371 deaths from lung cancer in the UK
              • 5% of adult lung cancer patients (4% of men and 7% of women) diagnosed in 2010-2011 in England and Wales are predicted to survive ten or more years.

              Sadly some of those deaths may been avoidable with the right medical diagnosis and treatment.

              There may be a case for medical negligence if a patient is slow to have their lung cancer diagnosed, has their treatment delayed or suffers from mistakes during an operation which not only make the cancer worse, but can lead to a much longer treatment period or may prove fatal.

              We can help to explain the process to you and make sure that you completely understand the choices open to you to help with your recovery and get you compensation for medical negligence.

              Stages of Lung Cancer

              All cancers are classified into four stages. These indicate how far the cancer has progressed, and helps the cancer doctors to decide on the most appropriate course of treatment.

              • At Stage 1 lung cancer is small, and is localised in only one area of the lung.
              • At Stages 2 and 3, the cancer has grown larger and might have spread into surrounding tissue. There may also be cancer cells present in the lymph nodes. This is known as locally advanced cancer.
              • At Stage 4, the cancer has spread into another part of the body. This is metastatic or secondary cancer.

              Symptoms of Lung Cancer

              In the early stages of the disease, there are not many noticeable symptoms of lung cancer. As the cancer progresses, some of the more common signs are:

              • A persistent cough
              • Pain when coughing or breathing
              • A feeling of breathlessness
              • Coughing up blood
              • Repeated chest infections
              • Loss of appetite
              • Constant tiredness and fatigue
              • Unexpected weight loss

              Diagnosing Lung Cancer

              A lung cancer diagnosis starts first with a GP appointment. The doctor will examine the patient and carry out a test to measure lung function. If he is concerned, the patient will be sent for a blood test and should be referred to a specialist. The patient may then have one or more of the following:

              • CT or PET/CT Scan – a full body x-ray scan
              • Chest X-Ray
              • Biopsy – removal of a small number of cells or tissue for testing
              • Bronchoscopy – allows the doctor to see inside the lungs

              Delays and Misdiagnosis of Lung Cancer

              It’s the job of the medical profession to be able to diagnose and treat lung cancer. However their standard of care might be below standard, and cause the patient more pain or injury. This kind of failure to deal with lung cancer properly can include:

              • Delay in ordering a chest x-ray
              • Delay in diagnosing lung cancer
              • Delay in ordering a biopsy
              • Misdiagnosing a chest infection
              • Not ordering a CT scan
              • Failure to treat the lung cancer
              • Failure to carry out the right surgery
              • Other failures in lung cancer treatment

              If lung cancer is not diagnosed early and is left untreated, this gives the opportunity for the cancer to spread. If a patient has started to experience symptoms, the GP might misdiagnose the illness as bronchitis or something similar. This can delay getting a proper diagnosis and the correct treatment.

              Grounds for a medical negligence claim?

              If you or a loved one have gone to a doctor with symptoms of lung cancer, have had the condition diagnosed wrongly and this has affected your outcome, then you may have grounds to make a claim for medical negligence and be entitled to compensation. Misdiagnosing the condition completely, or any delays in making the diagnosis can give the cancer time to get worse and spread into other area, and these delays could potentially be lethal.

              Delays in getting treatment is a relatively common problem with lung cancer, lung cancer prognosis is often a lot poorer than other types of cancer. It is essential that lung cancer is dealt with quickly. If your treatment has been delayed because of clinical negligence, then you could have grounds for a claim for any harm which has been caused as a result.

              Lung cancer survival rates are poor, with only 1 in 3 people diagnosed living for at least 12 months after diagnosis. Only 10% of lung cancer sufferers can expect to live for 5 years or more.

              Victim of Delayed Diagnosis Lung Cancer? Thinking of a Compensation Claim?  Call us today

              Our  team of Specialist Medical Negligence Solicitors can help you recover the compensation you are entitled to.

              We offer FREE initial phone advice, a FREE first appointment and no win no fee arrangements for medical error claims – so you don’t have to worry about paying legal bills

              • Call our team on FREEPHONE 0800 140454 today for a FREE initial phone consultation OR
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                Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust PLaced In Special Measures

                Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust has now been placed into special measures. It is the first mental health trust in England and Wales to receive this drastic treatment.

                A recent inspection of the Trust, which runs various healthcare services and hospitals in East Anglia, detected a number of serious problems resulting in an overall “inadequate” rating

                The inspection by the CQC (Care Quality Commission) led the Chief Inspector of Hospitals to recommend it be placed into special measures. The inspection in question took place in October of 2014. CQC inspectors looked at the Trust overall and at individual services, and rate them on a four point scale of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.

                The Trust provides learning disability services and mental health care to a large swathe of Suffolk and Norfolk and was found to be in need of significant improvements to ensure that it was providing its patients with care which was effective, safe, well managed and responsive to the needs of patients.

                CQC concerns regarding the Norfolk and Suffolk Trust were passed to Monitor – the official body responsible for health services across England – which has now made the special measures decision.

                “Inadequate” services “requiring improvement”

                Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust was rated “inadequate” when inspectors looked at whether services were properly managed and safe, and “requiring improvement” for services being effective and responsive. The CQC rated the Trust as “inadequate” overall.

                During the inspection the CQC found that across many areas of the Trust staff morale was exceptionally low, and there were concerns raised about the lack of support given to staff by senior management.

                The CQC also found examples of unsafe environments which did not allow patient dignity, not enough staff on duty to meet the needs of patients, poor management of medication and issues around practices concerning seclusion and restraint.

                The CQC demanded that the Trust take action to identify and remove ligature risks, and to make alternative arrangements where staff cannot easily see patients. The CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Dr Paul Lelliott, said that a number of serious problems were identified during the CQC inspection.

                Dr Lelliott said that the CQC was concerned about both the quality and safety of care found in some of the Trust’s services. He also stated that the CQC were worried by the low levels of morale expressed by many of the staff who had been spoken to, who expressed the opinion that they were not being heard by senior Trust management.

                CQC inspectors did identify some positives from the inspection, and found good examples of working practices across disciplines from staff in the child and adolescent community teams.

                Victim of medical negligence from Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Trust? Call our specialists today

                For FREE initial legal advice over the phone as well as a FREE no obligation first appointment with a solicitor specialising in medical negligence:

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                  Medical Negligence Claims against Opticians

                  Many British people aren’t keen on seeking medical attention. The thought of having to visit a hospital or GP can strike terror into the hearts of many a man, and the sound of a dentist’s drill can be enough to put many people off a regular dental check-up. Opticians, though, tend to be seen in a rather more benevolent light, with the optician’s role being far less invasive than that of the dentist, surgeon or GP. It is for this reason that the level of trust in opticians is so high, and not many people would ever expect that it would be possible for an optician to be negligent.

                  However, in any case where a medical professional fails to provide you with the level of care and treatment which would be generally expected, it may be that a claim for medical negligence could be brought. In the case of an optician, negligent care could result in damaged eyesight and life-changing effects which could affect your social life, working life and even leave you permanently blind.

                  Opticians and two types of medical negligence

                  In terms of medical mistakes caused by opticians, there are, broadly speaking, two aspects of negligence. The most common type of negligence by opticians is that involved in examination, largely consisting of a missed diagnosis and the failure to spot a condition which then progressively grows worse. Even the prescription of the wrong lenses can cause undue problems and damage your eyesight. Other than examination and diagnosis, negligence can also occur through treatment, for example through laser eye surgery.

                  Laser eye surgery is a remarkably precise procedure, with great care required when bright lasers are used in the area of the extraordinarily delicate eye. With cataract surgery, also, problems can occur which can have a lasting impact on the patient and cause them undue distress and health issues which can impact on their work and social lives. With the recent growth in the popularity of laser eye surgery, the regularity of problems arising from the procedure is also on the rise, meaning that many people are now opting to pursue clinical negligence claims against opticians in order that they can seek the recompense they deserve after experiencing a medical error.

                  Victim of optician negligence – don’t delay getting the right legal advice

                  If you have received treatment from an optician which you think may have been negligent, and you have suffered an injury. Your eyes as a result, you should take sure that you speak to a specialist medical negligence solicitor as soon as you can. Time factors are vital, and many aspects of claiming compensation for this kind of negligence have strict time frames, so you will need to act quickly.

                  What’s more, medical negligence claims are complex and require great care, so starting the process early is vital. By speaking to a solicitor who specialises in medical negligence claims, and is an accredited member of one of the two leading medical negligence panels run by the law society and patient victim justice charity AvMA, you can rest assured that your case is being dealt with in the most professional and swift way possible, allowing you one less worry in your life. Should it appear that a claim for medical negligence is possible, you will then be advised as to the best way to move forward and seek the compensation you deserve and are entitled to.

                  Thinking of a Medical Negligence Claim against an Optician ? Contact us today

                  For FREE initial phone advice and a FREE first appointment from our accredited medical claim specialists, get in touch with our team straightaway;

                  • Call us on FREEPHONE 0800 1404544 or

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                    New Guidelines Designed to Improve Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis

                    Guidelines have recently changed to improve diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, as experts warn that many thousands of people may have been misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

                    MS misdiagnosis – the extent of the problem

                    NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, fears that as many as 10% of cases of MS have suffered from misdiagnosis, and said more thorough tests needed to be carried out. There are an estimated 100,000 people suffering from MS in the UK.

                    The new NICE guidelines state that MS sufferers should undergo a thorough review of their care package at least every twelve months. NICE also recommends that all suspected cases of MS be referred to an experienced neurologist and that each sufferer be given someone as a single point of contact to speak to about all aspects of their care. It was also suggested that the NHS set up teams made up of professionals from different disciplines such as GPs, neurologists, MS nurses, physiotherapists and psychologists.

                    People with MS will also be encouraged to keep active, and those who struggle with fatigue and mobility issues will be given supervised fitness programmes.

                    At present, people with MS can go for over a year between reviews of their medication and condition. The new NICE guidelines are aimed at ensuring people with MS get more regular appointments to review their treatment and condition.

                    MS is a life-long central nervous system condition which affects the spinal cord and the brain. Early symptoms of MS can often appear when the patient is in their twenties, and can include loss of coordination, sight problems, bladder or bowel problems and weakness in arms and legs. The causes of MS are not completely understood and at present there is no cure.

                    MS is, for some reason, more common in northern latitudes, with there being more cases in the north of Scotland than in Southern England.

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