Further to the further expansion last week of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust inquiry into the care and treatment provided by one of their Consultant Gynaecologists, we have been instructed by further women concerned about the treatment they have received.

We have heard from women who have been directly contacted by the Trust together with women who have not been contacted but are concerned by both the recent press coverage and worrying symptoms they have suffered.

We have now entered into discussions with the Trust and their legal representatives with the hope of moving forward positively to support those affected by the inquiry and the findings in due course. We are taking steps to discuss and we are intending to enter into a Claims Handling Agreement, ensuring the women involved may be assured of prompt and thorough investigations enabling them to obtain answers to the many questions the investigation will have prompted. A Claims Handling Agreement is a scheme which enables the parties to consider and resolve claims cost effectively and wherever possible avoid the need for patients to go to court. A Claims Handling Agreement usually enables investigations to be carried out with no legal costs to the patients whilst it is accepted for investigation under the scheme. The use of joint experts, a clear timetable for dispute resolution and efficient cooperation between the parties will ensure that costs incurred by the NHS are kept to a minimum.

It was noted in The Times newspaper at the weekend that the Consultant Gynaecologist, Mr Daniel Hay, was named as being the one under investigation. As previously advised the Trust have been reluctant to release the name of the party involved however we now seek to clarify this as part of our conversations with the Trust and their legal representatives.

Our local Derby Clinical Negligence team at Freeths LLP have vast experience in dealing with a wide variety of gynaecological and obstetric cases. With nearly 300 women being contacted by the Trust at this stage it is clear that investigations will take time and co-ordination. Our team has experience in working with group actions, where a large number of patients have received a pattern of poor care provided by one particular doctor. In previous group action involvement we have found that providing a support group to those affected has been very beneficial. We wish to offer those affected access to such support group, to be run by way of virtual meeting, and should anyone wish to be a part of this then please do let us know.

Karen Reynolds, Partner of Freeths’ Derby based Clinical Negligence Team commented, “It is reassuring to note that the Trust are willing to move forward with investigations and are engaging with us on how to ensure we can support those affected. Transparency from the Trust will enable matters to move forward and allow us to assist the women directly affected by this investigation.”

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

Lisa Goulding, Trainee Legal Executive: 0845 050 3277 or 07973 891656. Or by email to lisa.goulding@freeths.co.uk

For more information on this investigation by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust: https://www.derbytelegraph.co.uk/news/local-news/number-women-potentially-caused-unnecessary-4524860