Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Case Study

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Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2000) Case Study

A 44 year old woman was awarded £42,500 in an out of court settlement after a negligent hysterectomy operation left her with a loss of kidney function and depression.

The woman, who was aged 41 at the time of her operation, underwent a total abdominal hysterectomy and bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy (removal of both ovaries and Fallopian tubes) at Homerton University Hospital in Hackney, London.

Although the hospital notes described it as a routine operation, the claimant suffered disabling back pain and nausea from the time of her discharge from hospital. About 2-3 weeks after discharge she also experienced a leakage of urine. It was suspected that she had a urinary fistula and an intravenous urogram was arranged. However it was almost 2 months before this was performed.

The urologist at St Bartholomew's Hospital arranged for her immediate admission and she underwent a right nephrostomy (a catheter inserted into a kidney to relieve a build-up of urine) and a ureteric reimplantation to reattach a urethra. The procedures involved a nephrostogram and a laparotomy.

The claimant developed repeated symptomatic urinary tract infections and back pain and subsequently lost 50% of the function of her right kidney.

Her medical expert considered there was a 50% likelihood of further renal deterioration, leading to a 25% chance of a future nephrectomy (to remove a kidney). It was also considered that there was a 10% chance that the claimant's life expectancy had been reduced by 5-10 years.

There was no prospect of any recovery of this loss of function, and the claimant had developed a moderate depressive disorder.

A Letter of Claim from the claimant quantified pain, suffering and loss of amenity at £30,000 - £35,000 on the assumption that her back pain was attributable to the loss of kidney function.

Members of the claimant's family also claimed for past and likely future care.

Compensation Settlement

Following receipt of the Letter of Claim the defendant made an offer of £30,000, but this was increased to £42,500 (£64,958.94 RPI adjusted) after the claimant issued proceedings. This was accepted.

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust | Case Study

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