A 63-year-old woman undergoing a hip operation at Grantham Hospital has been awarded compensation for medical negligence. Helen Corcoran was left lying on an operating table with no blood supplies available. She later said she was ‘disgusted’ by her treatment at Grantham Hospital, saying she was treated ‘like a piece of meat on a conveyor belt.’
The Medical Director for United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said, “We would like to apologise to Helen Corcoran and recognise that there were aspects of her care which did not meet the high standards that we normally deliver.”
Mrs Corcoran had a pre-op assessment and two blood tests prior to the operation and had presumed everything was in order. She had already been given pain killers when it was revealed that the blood needed for the operation had not arrived on site. She heard the surgeon say he was intending to go ahead anyway, showing no respect for her well-being. Mrs Corcoran’s surgery was cancelled and she has been left eight months waiting for surgery – she now needs to find another hospital to have surgery before the end of the year.
Making a medical negligence compensation claim
Medical negligence is a broad term and can cover such things as surgical errors, failure to diagnose an illness or delay in making a diagnosis, providing the wrong treatment or prescription medication – even failing to monitor a pregnancy adequately. If you think that you’ve been affected by medical negligence, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer, who can offer you advice and tell you whether you have a viable claim. The amount of compensation you’ll receive depends on your pain and suffering, any medical costs incurred and loss of earnings from time off work.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown