The BBC has reported the occurrence of a healthcare ‘never event’ at Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital in May of this year.

NHS ‘never events’ are errors in the course of healthcare provision which should never occur such as the misadministration of medication, a procedure being carried out to the wrong site or, on some occasions, the wrong patient, or accidentally leaving a piece of surgical equipment inside a patient following a procedure.

The NHS publishes its ‘never events’ on an annual basis.

In this particular incident, a patient was apparently given an incorrect size of prosthetic during a procedure but it is not currently clear what form of prosthetic this referred to.

‘Never events’ in healthcare can cause lasting and life-changing damage to the patient. Where this occurs, it may be appropriate to make a claim for compensation.

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If you or a loved one are suffering the significant, long-term impact of an NHS ‘never event’, contact Glynns Solicitors, specialists in medical negligence compensation.

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