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Our medical negligence team have notched up another success. Clinical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne was recently Instructed by the mother of a 10 year old boy to investigate the mis-diagnosis by his GP of appendicitis. The young boy started complaining of stomach pains on 28 September 2014. This pain worsened and he started vomiting. His mother was advised, following a call to NHS 111, to attend his out of hours doctor's surgery. His mother took him to Bideford Hospital at approximately 9pm...

In a recent North Devon Journal article, a Braunton family welcomed the news that a Meningitis B vaccine will be provided to babies and young children. Oliver Thorne, a clinical negligence specialist with Devon and Somerset solicitors, Slee Blackwell, has reason to share their delight. Oliver, who is head of clinical negligence at the firm’s Barnstaple office, commented: “I have been a medical negligence lawyer for nearly 10 years now and have seen a number of meningitis cases during that time....

Slee Blackwell’s specialist medical negligence department has launched a new website, www.childbirthinjurysolicitors.co.uk dedicated to mothers and babies who have suffered an injury at the time of birth. “The website is designed for the parents of these children, “ said Oliver Thorne, a medical negligence lawyer and head of the medical negligence team at Slee Blackwell. As well as acting for children who have suffered an injury at birth, the team also deal with injuries suffered by mothers during the birth. Oliver and...

Mount Stuart Hospital in Torbay, Devon, is under investigation after 19 private patients received an overdose of an antibiotic directly into their eye during cataract surgery. Two patients were "seriously harmed" and four others "show symptoms" following treatment in July this year. The Torquay hospital said the error was a "process failure" and "human error. It is reported that A consultant surgeon and two other theatre staff were initially suspended but have since returned to duty following training to ensure they complied...

The late diagnosis of cancer presents the NHS with a huge problem, especially in cases of bowel cancer. Medical negligence lawyer Oliver Thorne looks at the legal position. A staggering 40,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the UK every year. Among them is a significant proportion whose cancer has initially been missed by their doctor who is treating them. A recent newspaper article highlighted the tragic case of 35 year old Katie Pearson. Her story sadly echoes a number of the cases of...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors, one of the region’s leading law firms, with offices in Barnstaple, Bideford, Braunton and Taunton, have added specialist clinical negligence lawyer, Oliver Thorne, to their team. Oliver, who has been specialising in medical negligence law for nearly 10 years, has a wealth of experience and has been drafted in to assist with an increase in the number of medical negligence cases the firm is handling, both locally and nationally. Having grown up in North Devon, Oliver lives in Torrington...

A report in this week's North Devon Journal (11/09/14) highlights concerns at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple following an investigation in July 2014 by the Care Quality Commission. A report from Professor Sir Mike Richards concluded that work was needed in the safety, responsiveness and leadership of some services at NDDH. There was also ‘poor practice’ in the A&E department and end of life care. The report found the hospital’s system for receiving ambulance patients was not effective and...

It is reported that Derriford Hospital in Plymouth have over 100,000 patients awaiting follow-up appointments. No less than 36,000 patients are in breach of their ‘see-by date’. 5,000 have been classified as ‘high risk’ or ‘time critical’. Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust has been fined more than £1-million for failing to meet follow-up targets. Derriford Hospital is planning to write letters of apology to patients caught in the backlog including those who have been waiting for more than a year. Medical Negligence specialist,...

Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton is braced for a rash of compensation claims after half of patients who had basic cataract operations there earlier this year suffered unexplained problems, including blurred vision and swollen corneas. The operations were carried out by a private company, Vanguard Healthcare, brought in by the hospital to try to clear a backlog, partly due to ophthalmic staff leaving the hospital Trust. The contract with Vanguard has now been terminated and their mobile surgery unit quarantined. Many...

Slee Blackwell Solicitors are currently pursuing three separate medical negligence claims for clients who allege serious failings in their cancer care by experts at hospitals in North Devon and Cornwall. Disturbingly, two clients allege that their cancers were not diagnosed despite very clear warning symptoms (and in one case, not until a matter of weeks before the patient’s death from that cancer). The other claimant alleges serious failure to correctly “stage” and identify the cancer once diagnosed, which meant the treatment...