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Serious medical failures or oversights can have significant implications for patients, healthcare professionals, and healthcare organisations.
An incident is serious if it causes or could cause harm to an individual, a group, or the public. Serious harm can include physical, psychological, or financial damage. This harm can be physical or psychological and can include death, injury, illness, or harm to mental health.
Serious incidents can occur in a variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, care homes, clinics, and community care services. It is mandatory for healthcare providers in the UK to report serious incidents so that lessons can be learned from them, and steps are taken to prevent them from happening again.
There are several types that can occur in healthcare settings. These include:
Healthcare organisations have systems in place to identify and report serious incidents. The CQC provides guidance on what types of incidents should be reported and how to report them. Healthcare professionals are trained to recognise and report serious incidents as part of their job responsibilities.
Incident reporting systems allow healthcare organisations to collect data on incidents, analyse trends and take action accordingly.
Trainee Solicitor, Rebecca Kooyman alongside Associate and Senior Solicitor, Zoe Diss secured a £10,000 settlement for their client Mrs X, following a delay in appropriately treating a para-rectal abscess, which unfortunately contributed to the death of her father.
Some examples that have occurred in healthcare settings include:
If you or a family member have been the victim of a serious incident, you may be entitled to make a serious incident claim. Speak to one of our medical negligence solicitors today for free initial advice and support regarding your options.