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A bionic hand for Alan following amputation

At the age of 9, Alan Gifford lost both his hands after contracting a rare infection. Alan was born with a complex heart condition, and he contracted an infection following open heart surgery.  Unfortunately he had to undergo amputation of both...

RBH under investigation after A&E department target is breached multiple times

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is being investigated for repeatedly breaching the NHS’ four hour waiting target for Accident and Emergency services. The target is that 95% of patients should be seen within four hours.  The...

Planned review of London hospital trust A&E departments

An external review has been launched in to the  safety of Accident & Emergency departments  run by Barking, Havering & Redbridge Hospital Trust. The review will look into “medical staffing issues” and will include visits to...

More than a quarter of cancer patients diagnosed in A&E

A National Cancer Intelligence Network Study indicates that a quarter of cancer patients are first diagnosed in hospital Accident & Emergency departments. The percentage is even higher for those aged over 70. It may be that people are reluctant to...

A&E doctors leave boy with broken knee for 2 weeks

Accident and emergency doctors failed to diagnose a broken knee after a boy had a gymnastics accident, meaning that he had to walk on the injury for a further two weeks. The child was taken to an  accident and emergency department  after...

Common A&E negligence claims

Unfortunately, the mix of a demanding face-paced environment, the lack of senior doctors and the extensive range of symptoms that patients present with, increases the possibility of errors being made in accident & emergency departments (though...

£30,000 compensation awarded following A&E negligence and delay in diagnosis

The man fell at home on 16 May 2007, following an epileptic seizure. He was taken to the A&E department of the defendant hospital, with acute pain in his left shoulder and arm, following the fall. An x-ray was undertaken but  no fracture was...

A&E waiting times at highest since 2004

Recent data has shown that there has been an increase in the number of patients waiting more than four hours in  accident and emergency departments  in England. The statistics revealed that the number of patients waiting more than four...

£1 million compensation after A&E misdiagnosis

A 60 year old man, was awarded £1m in medical negligence compensation after he suffered a ruptured spleen and subsequent brain injury in June 2004. He was left with permanent cognitive impairments which affected his ability to continue...

Will the planned A&E closures lead to more mistakes?

Doctors working in accident and emergency say plans to downgrade some services are based on flawed evidence. The College of Emergency medicine says it’s wrong to assume that most patients coming to A&E can be seen elsewhere and...
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