Further to a finding that at least eight women have been "unnecessarily harmed" as a result of treatment by an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Consultant, the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust are assisting NHS England with an independent clinical review into the Gynaecologist’s wider work.

In order to assist NHS England, the Trust has contacted a further 136 women who all received treatment over the last three years prior to July 2018 under the Consultant Gynaecologist. It will be extremely distressing for those women who are contacted to learn that they may have received negligent treatment. Executive Medical Director at the Trust, Dr Magnus Harrison, has made it clear that the women will be provided with all the necessary support they need during the review.

Dr Magnus Harrison went on further to say: “I would like to express my sincere regret and apologies to any patients who may have received a standard of care that is below that expected…we will be working closely with NHS England to establish the full facts…”

Freeths have been contacted by a woman who received a letter in mid-April this year from the Trust regarding the investigations into the Gynaecologist’s conduct and understandably is concerned about whether she may have received negligent treatment after having undergone a hysterectomy in April 2018.

Karen Reynolds of Freeths LLP has said: “It is great that the Trust have reached out to these women and advised them of their concerns about this clinician’s practice. It is important that they maintain dialogue in what must be a very distressing time.”

The Trust have confirmed that the Consultant is not currently working at the Trust and has not carried out any clinical work since June 2018.

The need to protect patients in NHS hospitals from unnecessary harm is something that the Freeths’ Clinical Negligence team unfortunately know all too well: Karen Reynolds, partner of our Derby and Stoke on Trent offices has led investigations on behalf of over 50 patients who suffered negligent treatment whilst under the care of former consultant maxillofacial surgeon, Roger Bainton. Mr Bainton carried out a number of unnecessary operations and experimental procedures whilst practicing at the Royal Stoke University Hospital between 2005 and 2013. He was suspended in 2013, subsequently dismissed and erased from the medical register by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal. Karen Reynolds, along with the rest of the team, have obtained compensation for many who received negligent treatment whilst under the care of Mr Bainton.

Freeths LLP Clinical Negligence solicitors have vast experience in claims arising from the malpractice of practitioners. If you are concerned about any treatment which you or a loved one have received, please contact our team:-

Karen Reynolds, Partner: 0845 272 5677 or karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Naomi Solomon, Solicitor: 0845 030 5742 or naomi.solomon@freeths.co.uk

Although we are, for the time being, not able to meet clients in person, our specialist clinical negligence team at Freeths is here to support and advise clients. We are available for meetings and consultations via telephone, email, FaceTime, WhatsApp, Skype and any other digital platform that works for you.

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