NHS never events: Lawyers investigate needle left in patient’s foot

Press release 

Specialists in the medical negligence team at law firm JMW are investigating the care provided to a patient with cerebral palsy after a hypodermic needle was left in her ankle during surgery. 

Jeanette Brazil, 50, said she was left in pain and distress following the incident – an NHS never event which should not have occurred if the correct procedures were followed. NHS England is expected to publish its review of never events later this month. 

Wheelchair user Jeanette, of Thornton Cleveleys, Lancashire, had undergone surgery in September 2013 to treat a problem with her feet, which was making it difficult for her to move herself to and from her wheelchair. 

However the surgical team at the Royal Preston Hospital left a hypodermic needle in her right ankle during the procedure, which was revealed on an X-Ray after Jeanette sought medical help due to ongoing pain on the site of the surgery. 

Jeanette said the incident had made coping with her disability more difficult, as well as leading to further surgery to remove the needle, ongoing pain and swelling and the need for her to have physiotherapy. 

Specialists in medical law at JMW Solicitors are now investigating the care provided to Jeanette to help her to find out what went wrong and why and to hold the hospital trust to account.   

Eddie Jones, Ms Brazil’s solicitor at JMW, commented: “Jeanette is already coping with a severe disability so this incident has been extremely distressing for her.

“Leaving foreign objects inside patients during surgery is completely unacceptable and can have very serious consequences. However despite this issue being an NHS never event, patients continue to be affected by it and the team at JMW has handled numerous cases.

“Patients such as Jeanette need assurances that hospital trusts view incidents such as these seriously and are committed to ensuring procedures are followed by all their medical professionals so they can be prevented.” 

Jeanette commented: “This incident has really set me back and I feel badly let down. I went into hospital to help my condition but the operation has only given me more problems. 

“I also feel that the follow-up care I have received has been poor and I have had to fight to get the rehabilitation I need, which has caused further unnecessary pain and stress.

“I have endured months of anguish and worry about this and I just want to try to make sure that it does not happen to anybody else.” 


For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Kelly Hindle on the details below:

Kelly Hindle

D. 0161 828 1868

E. Kelly.hindle@jmw.co.uk 

Note to EditorsJMW Solicitors LLP is a leading Manchester law firm and offers a broad range of legal services to both commercial and private clients.JMW’s Clinical Negligence team is headed up by leading clinical negligence lawyer, Eddie Jones. https://www.jmw.co.uk/services-for-you/clinical-negligence/

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