06 February 2009
Hospital accused of mistake pays out £50k in compensation
A hospital which was accused by one of its patients of a mistake has paid out £50,000 in an out-of-court settlement.
Karen McKellar claimed that Mayday Hospital, which is run by the Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust, significantly reduced her chances of becoming a mother after misdiagnosing her.
The 36-year-old went to the hospital when she began bleeding heavily while six weeks pregnant, the Croydon Advertiser reports.
She said: "I spent a week in hospital and was scanned. They told me I'd miscarried and scraped out what they thought were the remains of the foetus from my womb."
Weeks later, Ms McKellar collapsed while at work and returned to the hospital, where she was diagnosed as suffering from an ectopic pregnancy - which means the foetus develops outside the womb.
She had to have an operation to remove her left fallopian tube. According to Ms McKellar, this could have been avoided had medics identified the ectopic pregnancy sooner.
A spokeswoman for Mayday Healthcare NHS Trust, which was formed in 1993, said the organisation recognises that there was a delay in diagnosis and apologised for any distress caused.
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