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When Jill began to notice a change in her bowel movements, with increased frequency and the presence of blood in her stools, she visited her GP, who performed an abdominal and rectal examination. A provisional diagnosis of piles was made.

However, Jill's father had just been diagnosed with bowel cancer. So, taking her family medical history into consideration, Jill's GP made an urgent referral to the Rectal Bleeding Clinic. Another three months later she was reviewed by a specialist. While a rigid sigmoidoscopy to 12cms revealed no abnormality, a digital rectal examination showed some blood mixed in with the stool. The specialist wrote a letter to Jill's GP indicating that he would arrange some blood tests and a colonoscopy.

However, there was no follow-up appointment as an administrative error meant a colonoscopy was never arranged. Jill began to feel more and more tired, and started to suffer from diarrhoea with increased blood in her stools. A year after her initial visit to her GP, Jill returned to her surgery who confirmed that no results had been received from the hospital. Both Jill and her GP then contacted the hospital to enquire as to when a colonoscopy was to be performed.

Jill finally underwent a colonoscopy procedure which revealed she had a tumour at the proximal sigmoid colon. She underwent a colectomy to remove the tumour, and received adjuvant chemotherapy. Jill's last scan showed her to be free of disease.

Jill contacted Glynns to discuss whether her case amounted to medical negligence. We discovered that, due to the administrative error, Jill's diagnosis was delayed for a period of nine months. She suffered increased symptoms during this time, as well as a large amount of anxiety upon learning of the delay, neither of which would have happened if a delay had not occurred.

The hospital admitted a breach of duty for nine months additional pain and suffering and consequential anxiety on learning of the delayed diagnosis. Jill was awarded over £10,000 compensation.

(Details which might identify our client have been changed.)

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