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Hockey twist

...The surgeon expresses “surprise” that the diagnosis was missed in A&E and that there was no onward referral to an on-call orthopaedic specialist...

  • 30 July 2018
  • Case study

Slow-healing socket

...The expert questions why Ms N did not consider something more than just a slow-healing socket – especially when the adjacent molar had been extracted with normal healing...

  • 27 June 2018
  • Case study

Incisional hernia

...seeing omental tissue evident one week after surgery would be consistent with observations (by the surgeon) of a “large area of deep breakdown” within the wound...

  • 27 June 2018
  • Case study

Sudden stroke

...Later that day Mr S collapses at home and is taken by ambulance to A&E with left-side weakness and severe headache...

  • 29 May 2018
  • Case study

Swollen leg

...The GP suspects a DVT and makes arrangements to refer Ms J to the local thrombosis clinic but there is no record of a referral made that same day...

  • 28 March 2018
  • Case study

Elderly visit

...The GP mentions the option of full-time care for Mrs M in a residential care home. She overhears his comment and becomes very upset...

  • 27 February 2018
  • Case study

Sudden decline

...The next day Mr P’s condition further deteriorates and his wife calls for an ambulance. He is breathless and panicky with a tight chest and tachycardia...

  • 29 January 2018
  • Case study

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