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Medical Negligence specialist Paul Sankey on weekend Hospital admissions

Research suggests that patients admitted to hospital at the weekend are more likely to die within 30 days than patients admitted during the week. For 100 deaths among patients admitted on a Wednesday, 116 admitted on a Sunday die. The research is based on analysis of 14.2 million admissions in England and Wales during 12 months in 2009 and 2010. This is therefore a very significant study and its results are consistent with similar research in the USA.
 
The obvious conclusion may be that care at the weekend is not as good as during the week. One factor may be that there is a higher percentage of Serious Injuries among weekend admissions, with some less seriously ill patients waiting until Monday to attend. However the research also concludes that fewer staff, less availability of investigations - x-rays, scans and various tests - and limited availability of Consultants to review cases are all contributing factors.
 
As experienced Lawyers handling cases for clients injured as a result of Medical Negligence it seems clear that poor care at weekends can cause significant errors. I have been handling 3 cases where medical and nursing staff failed to notice patients going into Septic Shock - an extremely serious condition which should be detected from simple observations. One died, one suffered a serious Brain Injury from a Stroke and a third ended up with an above-knee leg Amputation. All 3 went into Septic Shock during the weekend.
 
The researchers suggested that reorganising services to provide 7 day access to all aspects of care could make a difference although they concluded that is ultimately a resources issue. The catastrophic experience of some of our clients suggests that this is an issue needing to be addressed urgently.Our Clinical Negligence Lawyers are experts in Clinical & Medical Negligence Claims. Please call 0800 916 9049, email enquiries@slatergordon.co.uk. Our dedicated Medical Negligence Solicitors will be able to offer you a free initial consultation.

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