In April 2020 the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust informed 136 women that an inquiry was underway in respect of their Consultant Gynaecologist’s care. The name of the gynaecologist under review has not yet been released by the Trust, however it has been confirmed that they worked at the Royal Derby Hospital. The Consultant no longer works at the Trust and has not provided any treatment or clinics since June 2018.

The Trust initially investigated and reviewed 58 cases, and eight women were identified as having suffered unnecessary harm as a result of “lapses in care”. The Trust went on to ask NHS England to perform an independent clinical review of the consultant and the care they provided over a three year period prior to July 2018.

Dr Magnus Harrison the Trust's executive medical director has said: "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 and will provide all the necessary support they need during their review."

The outcome of this review was initially anticipated to be published after the Covid-19 pandemic. The NHS England review will look at the  treatment provided to the 136 women including major operations (such as hysterectomy and prolapse repairs and removal of the ovaries) that were performed by the consultant.

Today University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed that the external review by NHS England has recommenced, and should be completed by the end of September 2020. They have advised that women who were initially contacted should be updated again by early October 2020.

The Derby based Clinical Negligence team at Freeths have been instructed by a number of women treated by the Consultant Gynaecologist, and those women have been contacted as part of the Trust and NHS England investigation. Karen Reynolds, Partner of Freeths’ Derby based Clinical Negligence Team commented, “I am sorry to hear of the large number of women who have been contacted as part of this investigation, particularly in light the sensitive nature of the treatment they received.”

Karen added, “I am concerned that there may well be other women who have not been contacted by the Trust who also may have been affected. We have specific expertise of clinical negligence group actions, where a large number of patients have received a pattern of poor care provided by one particular doctor. We have been recently instructed by a number of women affected and are beginning to see an emerging pattern of the care provided by this Consultant.”

Should you have concerns about your Gynaecological treatment provided at the Royal Derby Hospital at any point between June 2015 and July 2018 we may be able to assist you. Please contact our local, approachable and knowledgeable team via the following details:

Karen Reynolds, Partner: 0845 272 5677 or 07717730834. Or by email to Karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk

Siobhan Genever, Director: 0845 030 5774 or 07971586185. Or by email to Siobhan.genever@freeths.co.uk

Claire Cooper, Associate: 0845 274 6830 or 07811744463. Or by email to claire.cooper@freeths.co.uk

 Naomi Solomon, Associate: 0845 030 5742 or 07973881711. Or by email to naomi.solomon@freeths.co.uk