Over recent weeks it has come to light that some patients undergoing operations at the Great Western Hospital (GWH) in Swindon have had unsatisfactory outcomes. This week, the Swindon Advertiser reported on one gentleman who had 10 teeth removed and needed further surgery when it was discovered that a surgical swab had been left in the wound.
At BLB Solicitors, leading Clinical Negligence specialist, David Gazzard, has recently been instructed by a gentleman who underwent a hydrocele repair at GWH and discovered almost 3 years later, after many infections and significant pain and swelling, that a swab had been left behind. When discovered, the swab was extracted manually by a Doctor without the patient’s consent or an anaesthetic.
Although a NHS patient at the GWH, the gentleman has now discovered that his surgery was performed by staff employed by the Independent Health Group. The company has already instigated a full investigation and offered an apology.
According to the GWH Trust these “never events” should not occur.