Retired teacher, Judith Eva, 62, from Knowle, was referred to Paterson at Spire Parkway Hospital, in Solihull, after finding a lump in her right breast in June 2000.
Mr Paterson removed the lump, but a mammogram and examination later confirmed it was benign. Two years later, Judith returned with another lump in the same breast. Paterson told her that one felt “a bit more sinister” and it was best to remove it. Worried that it might be cancer, Judith immediately agreed to another operation.
It wasn’t until after Paterson’s conviction that Judith was recalled by Spire Parkway, who made an appointment for her to see another breast surgeon.
“I had further examinations and they looked over all of my notes and told me they were only cysts and I hadn’t needed the operations. It was just such a shock. When his trial came to court, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing because I thought he was my hero. I thought he had looked after me.”
Mrs Eva felt that in the private health sector, there did not appear to be much discussion between those responsible for her care such as the anaesthetist, the surgeon and the person who prepared the histology reports. This was quite different to her experience with the NHS, where a team approach was far more evident.