Bad Blood

...It was alleged that the nurse had used undue force in obtaining the blood, resulting in a tear to the blood vessel...

MRS T attended her GP surgery to have blood taken. A practice nurse undertook the procedure and the following day Mrs T suffered severe bruising and was unable to move her arm.

Three weeks later and after several visits to the practice the bruising and swelling finally eased. But Mrs T found the experience so traumatic she is now paranoid about having more blood tests. She contacted her solicitor who sent a letter of claim to the surgery.

Outcome and analysis

It was alleged that the nurse had used undue force in obtaining the blood, resulting in a tear to the blood vessel. The nurse admitted the error and the practice agreed that it would be best to settle.

Key points

  • Employing GPs are vicariously liable for their staff’s actions.
  • Ensure that staff are well trained and supervised.