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Laser eye surgery - A lesson in patient education

By Kelly Livesey @ May 13, 2011 in Medical Negligence

I have just read a really interesting article in this week's BMJ about laser eye surgery which makes some really good points about complications of such surgery. In summary, the article highlighted that whilst serious complications are rare less serious complications are common....

Acne treatment, contraceptive pills and DVT risk

By Kelly Livesey @ May 3, 2011 in Medical Negligence

The inquest into the death of 17-year-old Charlotte Porter took place last week at the coroner's court at Maidstone, Kent. Charlotte died in March 2010 following deep vein thrombosis (DVT) after being prescribed Dianette for acne, which also acts as a contraceptive pill. Dianette increases the...

Weight loss surgery and consent

By Kelly Livesey @ Apr 13, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Today the first large-scale UK study into weight-loss operations has been published by The National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR). The report looked at follow-up data carried out between 1 April 2008 and 31 March 2010. It shows that 50% of those affected by diabetes (type II) before...

Legal Aid - To Reform or To Not Reform - That Is The Question

By Kelly Livesey @ Mar 31, 2011 in Medical Negligence

This week has seen a lot of media attention given to the government's proposed reform of both legal aid and the "no win no fee" system in the wake of the budget announcements. The Justice Secretary, Ken Clarke, announced an overhaul of the civil justice system which many people feel would...

High profile patient tweets then deletes!

By Kelly Livesey @ Mar 17, 2011 in Medical Negligence

This week Olly Barkley has retracted comments he made about the NHS treatment he received on Sunday following his double leg break.  England and Bath rugby player Olly used to Twitter as a means of both criticising and apologising for criticising the medical care he received at...

Prevention is better than the cure!!

By Kelly Livesey @ Mar 15, 2011 in Medical Negligence

This weekend I ran (well tried to run but really jogged...and walked a little of) 5K with the aim of raising money for The Stroke Association, the only UK wide charity solely concerned with combating stroke in people of all ages. I am very unfit and unfortunately also very overweight so...

Never Ever Land

By Kelly Livesey @ Mar 3, 2011 in Medical Negligence

Last week a revised 'never ever event' list was published by the Department of Health,  The list now includes 25 medical accidents for which the DoH says there is simply no excuse. These accidents either cause serious harm to patients or can prove fatal. There were previously only 8...