In our previous blogs we explained that in August 2016 University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (the Trust) commissioned the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) to carry out an external review of their Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMFS) service at Leicester Royal Infirmary. As a result of the concerns raised by the RCS, the Trust immediately suspended all complex reconstructive cancer surgery of the oral cavity and oropharynx and this suspension remains in place.

Following the suspension there was a second independent review into the concerns raised by the RCS. The expert reviewers confirmed the failings within the service and also identified that a number of patients came to harm as a result of the treatment that they received from the OMFS. In some cases where the Trust initially denied harm they have now changed their decision after having face-to-face discussions with our clients to discuss their concerns.

We are in regular correspondence with the Trust’s solicitors to develop a claims handling agreement to streamline the approach to resolving these claims. We are pleased that we have now negotiated interim payments on account of damages for our clients.

Given our extensive knowledge and experience with group actions having acted as the lead solicitors for claimants in both the Leicester cervical smear and epilepsy group actions against the Trust, we are pleased to once again be at the forefront of negotiations that will hopefully see these claims resolved quickly and fairly. We and the Defendant’s solicitors are committed to doing the right thing and resolving these claims to ensure all those harmed receive the compensation they are rightly entitled to.

Our specialist Clinical Negligence team has many years of experience in dealing with Maxillofacial surgery claims and group actions. If you, or a loved one has any concerns in relation to treatment that you have received from the Maxillofacial service of Leicester Royal Infirmary, please contact one of our national team:-

Jane Williams, Partner and National Head of Clinical Negligence (Leicester) on 0845 272 5724 or jane.williams@freeths.co.uk

Gemma Bedford, Associate (Leicester) on 0845 050 3282 or gemma.bedford@freeths.co.uk

Alicia Gill, Solicitor (Leicester) on 0845 077 9602 or alicia.gill@freeths.co.uk