Barnsley Hospital NHS Trust Compensation Claim

If you have been injured through clinical negligence whilst under the care of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To speak to an expert about your situation, call Quittance on 0800 612 7456.

Barnsley Hospital medical negligence case study

A woman, aged 40 at the time of injury and 44 at the date of settlement, reached an out of court settlement of £80,000 following additional treatment required as a result of misdiagnosis.

The claimant was referred to Barnsley Hospital by her GP after reporting suffering from pain and lumpiness in her right breast. She was examined by the breast clinic in November 2005, which indicated a 5cm palpable abnormality.

A mammography and a breast ultrasound reported as showing normal and benign breast changes only, and she was discharged into the care of her GP with the assurance of no abnormality in her breast.

In September 2006 she consulted her GP again, and a mass of 3.5 inches was recorded in the right breast. The doctor referred her to the breast clinic for further investigation. A repeat mammogram found no significant change, and an ultrasound noted "no mass type or focal type lesion identified". However, the treating doctor recommended investigation by ultrasound guided needle core biopsy.

The biopsy was reported as showing "invasive moderately differentiated carcinoma". Due to the size of the cancer, a mastectomy was required.

In November 2006 the claimant underwent a right mastectomy and axillary node clearance. The results of the prognosis placed the claimant in the "very poor prognostic group", with a chance of 10-year survival of 38%. Following the mastectomy the claimant underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy, as well as hormonal treatment.

The claimant's case stated that a delay of over 10 months in diagnosing the presence of the breast carcinoma was likely to have an adverse impact on her chance of survival. It was alleged that the hospital failed to carry out a full Triple Assessment consisting of clinical examination, breast imaging and needle biopsy. The hospital admitted failure to carry out the needle biopsy.

Had the cancer been identified in November 2005 when it should have been, it is likely the woman would have undergone a lumpectomy with a good outcome. She would have avoided a mastectomy, and the physical and psychological problems associated with the removal of a breast. She would not have required breast reconstruction or further treatments, and would not have been left with scarring to her chest.

Compensation settlement

The Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust made an out of court settlement of £80,000.

Making a compensation claim against the Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Making a claim for clinical negligence or misdiagnosis can be initially overwhelming. Hospital Trusts are large and complex organisations, and figuring out what happened can be complicated.

Our panel of solicitors have extensive experience in taking on hospital trusts and securing financial compensation for people affected by medical negligence.

Call us on 0800 612 7456 to discuss your situation with a claims expert.