The Royal Blackburn Hospital has come under fire recently after authorities learned that a second patient had a medical swab left inside their body after an operation. This type of mistake should never occur and although the swab was removed during the same surgical session, this is deemed to be unacceptable by the Royal College of Surgeons. Leaving a swab inside the human body after surgery could cause infection and a second operation would also be required. The fact that this happened at all is bad enough, but the same hospital were guilty of a similar incident last year. The hospital has been told in no uncertain terms to ‘get your act together’ by Russ McLean of the Pennine Lancashire Patient Voices Group. The 25-year-old patient, who was the victim of the poor medical care that led to the swab being left inside her last year, was in considerable pain after the mishap. She returned to the hospital two weeks later to discover the terrible truth. A new system to counter these mistakes was put into place, but it failed to have a positive effect as the recent swab issue has brought to light.
Has something similar happened to you or a relative?
If you have experienced a swab left inside your body or something similar, please let Accident Advice Helpline help you to get justice. UK hospitals are supposed to offer a very high level of care to their patients and when this is not the case, all kinds of unnecessary risk come into play. If you have suffered from an incident and have good reason to believe that this may have occurred due to possible negligence in the hospital, you could be able to make a claim for financial compensation. The possible payout may not fully compensate you for your pain and suffering, but it may make that recovery period and potential loss of earnings a little easier to bear.
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We would love to take your call about a possible case of hospital negligence leading to a swab being left in your body or something similar. We have been helping people in similar circumstances make successful claims for financial compensation for years and we are the best in the business. With Esther Rantzen as our patron, you are sure to be in good hands with Accident Advice Helpline. We have an online 30-second claims calculator that will help you to see how much compensation your case may be worth and we’ll always offer friendly no-obligation advice that may just be able to make your future a little brighter.
Source: Lancashire Telegraph
Date Published: July 18, 2014
Author: David Brown