The Royal Derby Hospital has contacted more than 200 women as part of an inquiry into a gynaecologist’s care
In light of the news that the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust has launched a review into the treatment of patients by a gynaecologist at the Royal Derby Hospital, Thompsons Solicitors is encouraging women who may have been affected by malpractice to get in touch.
It’s alleged that concerns were first raised about the unnamed consultant by members of the obstetrics and gynaecology team in 2018, leading to a review into the treatment of 58 patients – highlighting eight cases of ‘unnecessary harm’ caused by ‘lapses in care’.
Reports add that NHS England is now carrying out an independent review into the wider work of the clinician, and the Trust has since contacted a further 136 women who were treated by the consultant as part of this wider investigation.
“While the ‘lapses in care’ are yet to be fully understood, we fear that the health impact of this consultant’s malpractice could be wide-reaching” says Thompsons’ national practice lead for clinical negligence, Linda Millband.
“We know from handling cases of rogue surgeons – such as Ian Paterson – that these cases are rarely a ‘one-off’. There are already 200 women involved in the investigation and we fear that this could just be the tip of the iceberg.
“We encourage anyone who might have been affected by gynaecology procedures at the Royal Derby Hospital to firstly contact their GP and, if necessary, a specialist medical negligence lawyer to provide legal guidance.”
While we are currently working from home during the lockdown, our caring team of specialists are still available to speak if you, or a loved one, have concerns about your medical treatment. Contact us on 0330 123 123 0 or via our website.