Mr Daniel Hay is a former consultant and surgeon in Obstetrics and Gynaecology who is under investigation for treatment provided at the Royal Derby Hospital and Ripley Hospital. The University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England are investigating the care provided by Mr Daniel Hay, and have now contacted 383 women about the treatment they have received.

Today an interim report has been published by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.  This has identified a number of areas of concern about treatment provided by Mr Daniel Hay including:  

  • Poor documentation of all aspects of a patient’s history
  • Poor surgical notes
  • Lack of clinical examination
  • Inadequate exploration of patient symptoms
  • Inadequate consent process
  • Alternative treatment options not offered.
  • Considerable concerns about Mr Hay’s decision making process.
  • Too swift to offer surgery when there may have been non-surgical options for treatment.
  • Some operations added to the waiting list were not necessary or could have been avoided
  • Second opinions (which would be appropriate to offer in some cases) were not offered.
  • Communication to GP’s fell below the expected standard of care
  • Concern about types of complications, their identification and management
  • More women that would have been expected had post-operative complications 

The interim report has made a number of recommendations including: -

  • The report confirms that over 300 women have had a case note review, and that all 383 women will be contacted and invited to a meet with a Consultant Gynaecologist from University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust to discuss the circumstances of their care. The Trust have advised that “support will be offered to all patients and if they require further gynaecological investigation or counselling this will be arranged and expedited.”
  • Those working within the Gynaecology department should be taking steps within the team to make sure there is better communication. 
  • Any serious incidences in maternity should be subject to an external review.
  • There should be an external review to look at why it took so long to pick up the problems with Mr Hay’s care.
  • There should be an audit of record keeping and consent processes and a plan to improve these areas. 
  • The Trust should assess its own freedom to speak up procedures.

    The Trust has confirmed that there is going to be a significant ongoing review and that a full report will be written and published in 2022.

    To read the interim report in more detail please see the following link: https://www.uhdb.nhs.uk/obstetrics-and-gynaecology-review/

    Concerned about treatment you have received?

    Over 50 women who have been treated by Mr Hay and who have concerns have contacted Karen Reynolds (Partner) and her Derby Clinical Negligence team to date. Some clients have not received letters from the Trust, and some have had treatment outside of the 2015 – 2018 period being investigated.

    Those who have received treatment provided by Mr Hay, who have gone on to experience continuing or worsening health symptoms and who wish to pursue a claim for clinical negligence may be included within this Group Action. Karen, and the Derby Freeths Clinical Negligence team, are the lead solicitors in this group action and may be able to assist you.

    Freeths are presently negotiating with the Solicitors for the Derby Trust to act for the patients affected under a Claims Handling Agreement, in an effort to investigate these claims as sensitively and as efficiently as possible for the benefit of all parties involved.

    If you, or a loved one have been treated by Mr Daniel Hay and are concerned about the treatment you received, please call our local, approachable and knowledgeable team for FREE initial advice:

    Karen Reynolds (Partner): karen.reynolds@freeths.co.uk
    Siobhan Genever (Director): siobhan.genever@freeths.co,uk
    Claire Cooper (Associate): claire.cooper@freeths.co.uk
    Naomi Solomon (Associate): naomi.solomon@freeths.co.uk

    Alternatively please call: 0845 128 7996

    Supporting those affected: The SAFE group

    Freeths have set up a private Support Group for women affected by treatment provided by Dr Daniel Hay. This is called the SAFE Group, as it offers support, answers, friendship, and empathy.

    This group is open to women who have received treatment under Dr Daniel Hay. You do not need to pursue a claim to join the support group.

    For more information please contact the SAFE Group email: Supportgroup@freeths.co.uk
    Or the SAFE group telephone number: 01332 320184