Archive for September 2010

Deadly Drug Blunder Led to Patients Death

The family of Albert Matthews, 65, formerly of Broseley in Shropshire, have agreed a 15,000 pounds compensation settlement with the Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust, after they admitted medical negligence which led to Mr. Matthews’ death.

Mr Matthews had been admitted to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford in September 2006, complaining of a shortness of breath. He was diagnosed with pneumonia in his upper lung, hospitalised and given Tramadol and Haloperidol.

His condition continued to deteriorate, and several days later he was administered with 4mg of the painkilling drug Lorazepam. The cocktail of painkillers and sedatives sent Mr Matthews into respiratory arrest, which lead to cardiac arrest and he died the next day.

In the case against the hospital, it was claimed that these three drugs were known to affect breathing when administered together, and that Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust had failed in their duty of care towards Mr. Matthews.

The Trust initially denied the claim – stating that appropriate medical treatment had been given – but have now admitted that the combination of drugs did lead to Mr. Matthews’ premature death and have apologised to the family as well as agreeing to a compensation payment of 15,000 pounds.

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Undisclosed Compensation for Undiagnosed Brain Tumour

A former Church of England assistant minister, whose brain tumour was left unattended for three years, is to receive a substantial out of court settlement for medical negligence.

Adrian Underwood, 42, from Birmingham, had been studying a theology course in Nottingham in 2001, when he started to suffer severe headaches. He was referred to Nottingham University Hospital, where he underwent a brain scan which revealed a growth inside his skull, but no further action was taken and Adrian was discharged – being told he had nothing more serious than a migraine.

Adrian was unable to finish his course – moving back to Birmingham to take the position of a curate. However, his health continued to deteriorate, and it was during a medical investigation in 2004 to determine why Adrian was losing his sight that the much enlarged brain tumour was noticed after a scan at Birmingham Eye Hospital.

An emergency operation removed a tumour the size of a lemon, which had forced down upon Adrian’s brain and formed a lump in his head. Adrian now suffers from regular fatigue and epilepsy as a result of this oversight – medical conditions which could have been avoided if the tumour had been removed after the initial scan.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust admitted liability but did not add any further comment.

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