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Obvious mistake, honest apology

...Mrs G states that her husband had just come home from work early feeling unwell and suffering from an itchy skin rash and swelling. Mrs G checked the label on the tabletsĀ  only then realising that amoxicillin is a "type of penicillin"...

  • 31 December 2014
  • Case study

Missed decay

...Over the course of several years, Mr B attends three dentists complaining of tooth pain. He undergoes a number of treatments but there is severe decay and the prognosis is poor...

  • 28 November 2014
  • Case study

An overlooked risk

...The surgeon briefed Mrs L on the procedure but did not think it necessary to discuss the very slight risk of deep infection...

  • 20 November 2014
  • Case study

Not texting

...Mrs G complains that the attending GP did not provide adequate treatment for her daughter and showed a lack of regard for her concerns, at one point in the consultation reaching for her smartphone to text someone...

  • 29 October 2014
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Risking addiction

...The practice receives a letter from a solicitor acting for Mr C alleging the GPs were negligent in their prescribing, causing Mr C to become drug dependent...

  • 25 September 2014
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Lunchtime fracas

...It is decided by the practice to write to Ms A informing her that she is no longer welcome at the surgery...

  • 29 August 2014
  • Case study

Capacity to consent

Case study on whether a 73-year old dementia patient has the mental capacity to look after his own affairs.

  • 30 July 2014
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A cut too far

...During the procedure, the surgeon mistakenly cuts off too much skin which requires skin grafts...

  • 27 June 2014
  • Case study

Instrument failure

...The instrument fractures during treatment but attempts to remove it prove unsuccessful...

  • 26 June 2014
  • Case study

Out-of-date consent

...The social worker asks Dr A for access to a patient's records and provides a consent form dated two years ago...

  • 29 May 2014
  • Case study