Hospital scan errors cause concern

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Posted 10/10/2010

The BBC reported last week that a hospital has recently apologised for a human error which led to a pregnant woman being told after her initial scan that her baby was no longer alive when this was not in fact the case. A similar incident had occurred in 2007.

Rosamund Rhodes-Kemp, who heads the Ashtons Legal medical negligence team, comments: “This looks like a really sad error, but with fortunately better consequences then we usually have to deal with as both babies are alive and well. It does demonstrate the importance of having skilled staff to carry out these investigations and excellent support systems when it comes to communicating with patients”.

Ashtons Legal is hosting a Conference entitled ‘Claims Involving Children – How could we do it better?’ in London on 18th November 2010. Further information is available on the events page of our website or from Toby Whittacker-Cook on 01603 703094.


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