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Slip on the ice

....It is alleged that both doctors failed to carry out an adequate examination, consider a diagnosis of hip fracture and offer an orthopaedic referral...

  • 18 December 2017
  • Case study

Missed gallstones

...Over the following six weeks he attends the practice three more times and is examined by two different GPs who also diagnose constipation...

  • 27 November 2017
  • Case study

Non-compliant diabetic

...The infected foot proves unresponsive to antibiotic therapy and six days later Mr A undergoes a below-knee amputation...

  • 27 October 2017
  • Case study

HRT error

...further investigation reveals that Mrs A has been mistakenly prescribed unopposed oestrogen HRT...

  • 29 September 2017
  • Case study

Suspect spot

...Dr L confirms that the letter had been received in the practice and marked as read but the follow-up chest X-ray had not been highlighted and actioned...

  • 29 August 2017
  • Case study

Disclosure demanded

...details are required in regard to an NMC investigation into allegations of ill-treatment of a patient registered with the practice while in a local nursing home...

  • 28 July 2017
  • Case study

Inappropriate tweets

...A colleague at the hospital where Dr T works sent the regulator photocopied examples of some of her tweets, posted under an anonymous handle and including various disparaging ‘jokes’ in regard to patients...

  • 29 June 2017
  • Case study

Unwanted chemistry

...the patient says that he had detected some “chemistry” between them during the examination and he has seen her again waiting at a bus stop but was too nervous to make an approach...

  • 25 May 2017
  • Case study

Sealed envelope

...Later that day Mrs J opens the envelope to read the referral letter and discovers the child protection disclosure naming her sister-in-law as the source...

  • 26 April 2017
  • Case study

Worrying lump

...Dr J undertakes an examination and finds a "2 cm non-tender subcut lump under right axilla". She prescribes antibiotics and asks the patient to return for review...

  • 31 March 2017
  • Case study