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Compensation for Gynaecological Errors for Hysterectomy Patient

Posted on: January 4th, 2013 by Medical Negligence

A woman who lost her child due to a medical error by staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been awarded £62,000 in compensation for gynaecological errors in an out-of-court settlement.

The unnamed woman attended the Royal Cornwall Hospital in November 2007 for a hysterectomy operation, during which it was discovered that she was fourteen weeks pregnant. The woman had not known that she was pregnant but, once her cervix had been removed, the continuation of the pregnancy was unviable.

Following an investigation into the tragedy it was revealed that the consultant gynaecologist – Dr Rob Jones – had noticed that the uterus was “abnormally large” but had continued with the procedure regardless. Dr Jones has since resigned and is being investigated by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists over the frequency of surgical complications during his procedures.

After seeking legal advice, the woman made a claim for gynaecological errors compensation against the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust stating that, had she known she was pregnant, she would never have gone ahead with the hysterectomy procedure. Although having suffered no physical harm, it was found that the patient had undergone a significant emotional trauma.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust admitted liability for an “inadvertent termination” and conceded that that the diagnosis of the pregnancy could and should have been made at the point when it was still viable to for the pregnancy to continue. After negotiating with the woman´s legal representative´s, a settlement of £62,000 in compensation for gynaecological errors was agreed.