Hospital Investigated for Medical Negligence

Posted on: January 15th, 2017 by Editor

A patient, whose delayed diagnosis of cancer led to her losing her leg, has instructed her solicitors to investigate proceedings at the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

In January 2016, the unnamed woman in question attended the Manchester Royal Infirmary in January 2016 with a suspected broken femur. She had a record of malignant growths, so the medical staff decided to conduct a series of scans and tests. They also took a blood sample to see if she had any conditions (such as osteoporosis) that would lower the density of her bones.

However, none of the diagnostic tests returned a positive result. Consequently, the patient had a metal rod inserted into her femur to prevent further fractures and she was discharged from the Emergency Surgical Trauma Unit. A month later, however, she was readmitted for treatment of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

During her surgery for DVT, a bone biopsy was taken such that further tests could be conducted. However, this time around the results indicated that the patient had a malignant growth in her thigh. The patient was not informed of this diagnosis, and only discovered that she had a possibly malignant tumour after reading her discharge notes. She raised her concerns with doctors at the hospital and a week later the cancer diagnosis was confirmed.

The hospital conducted an internal investigation of the events that led to the delayed diagnosis of cancer. The inquiry revealed that the initial scan that showed no tumour did not have sufficient coverage of the woman’s leg, so no growth appeared on the scan. As a metal rod had been inserted into the femur, many of the usual cancer treatments were no longer available.

To prevent metastasis of the cancerous cells, the woman had her left leg amputated above the knee. After her recovery, she consulted a medical negligence solicitor. She then instructed the solicitors conduct their own investigation of proceedings at the Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who run the Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The patient’s solicitors believe that their client will be able to make a claim for compensation against the hospital. Commenting on the case, one solicitor said: “The swift, and more importantly, accurate diagnosis of cancer is absolutely crucial as early treatment can often provide the best possible chances of recovery and to prevent long-term health complications. Sadly, in this case, the NHS’ own investigation suggests that the staff who treated the woman at the NHS Trust in question failed to carry out the correct tests, meaning her cancer was not diagnosed as early as it could have been.”

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