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Cause for suspicion

...More specifically it is alleged the GP failed to take account of the recent increase in size of the lesion and did not record its shape and dimensions...

  • 30 March 2015
  • Case study

A wrong message

...Mr M is angry that the dentist disclosed information about the unpaid bill in the answering machine message, as his daughter heard it, causing him considerable embarrassment...

  • 27 February 2015
  • Case study

Operative risk

...Later that evening the patient undergoes an emergency laparotomy. Free fluid and fibrous exudate are found in the peritoneal cavity caused by leakage from the bowel...

  • 30 January 2015
  • Case study

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 tablets  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
  • Case study

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
  • Case study

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

...Solicitors want to know about Mr D's capacity to look after his own affairs but the GP is unsure about disclosing the information...

  • 30 July 2014
  • Case study