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Woman sues hospital after she encounters mistakes by trainee surgeon

24 November 2009

Our client is seeking compensation after she claims a hand operation went wrong leaving her incapable to grip properly with her right hand. She was being treated previously for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a medical condition causing muscle weakness in the hand. After the operation our client continued to feel pain in her hand, even when she attempted to make small movements such as writing her name.  When she visited her doctor’s to have the stitches removed, a nurse commented that the wrong type of stitch had been used. It was arranged for our client to be checked over at a private clinic. The specialist there had explained she had been treated by a Trainee Surgical Care Practitioner - a nurse who was being taught to carry out minor surgical procedures. It turns out that TSCP should not have been doing the operation on her own, unless she had a qualified surgeon with her. Also our client was not asked for her consent before the operation was performed. Our client had been signed off work for a year before the operation, because she was unable to use a computer. Since her condition has never improved, she has been unable to return and is left to live on her savings. Our expert medical negligence solicitors are on this case to provide her with clinical negligence compensation in order to help her with her damages.