Doctor writing

Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust in Special Measures



By Lauren Unsworth, Paralegal, Clinical Negligence What are Special Measures? Special Measures is when a Hospital Trust is no longer trusted to run itself alone. The a decision to place Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust in Special Measures came directly from Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who said, “In light of the ongoing concerns about the trust’s ...
 
Clinical Negligence Solicitor Christine Griffiths

Baby Loss Awareness Week: 9-15 October 2018



By Christine Griffiths, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence 9th to 15th October is Baby Loss Awareness Week, an opportunity for bereaved families and friends to commemorate the lives of their babies. It is also an opportunity to raise awareness around the causes of baby loss. This week is close to our hearts at Switalskis, as we assist families navigating the legal process following baby loss ...
 
Sarah Tipton Walker

Sepsis: Spotting the signs and symptoms of a blood infection



Following the heart-breaking Coronation Street storyline where a character must consent to his son having his foot amputated after developing sepsis, our Sarah Tipton Walker looks at this little-understood illness.  Sepsis affects 123,000 people every year and can have long term consequences. These can include physical disabilities, slower cognitive functions and difficulties with everyday life. Tragically, it kills five people ...
 
Lisa Mann

Healthcare worker arrested on suspicion of murder



By Lisa Mann, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence A healthcare worker at the Countess of Chester Hospital has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of eight babies and the attempted murder of six others previously in the hospital’s care. The hospital has been subject to a thorough investigation into their neonatal and maternity care following the publication of MMBRACE-UK (Mothers and ...
 
Solicitor Jim Gladman

Hundreds died at Gosport War Memorial Hospital because of opioid drug administration



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor , Clinical Negligence A report has concluded that hundreds of premature patient deaths were caused by the inappropriate prescription and over-prescription of opioid painkillers at Gosport War Memorial Hospital. In summary, the report found evidence of opioid use without appropriate clinical indication in 456 patients. The report said that there were probably at least another 200 ...
 

Children’s Hospice Week: 21 – 27 May 2018



This week we are raising awareness for children’s hospices and the 49,000 families who need regular help managing a young child with a life limiting illness or injury. We want to challenge the myth that hospices are places where children go to die. Instead we wish to highlight that a hospice can be a joyful place. A place where families receive ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week 14-20 May 2018



Headway, a national leading charity dedicated to promoting the understanding of all aspects of brain injury, organise their annual Action for Brain Injury Awareness Week.  It runs from 14-20 May 2018 and this year’s theme is “You, Me and Brain Injury” aiming to highlight the effects that brain injury has, not only on the individual, but on everyone involved.  You, ...
 
Solicitor Jim Gladman

Mental health patients died because of a lack of beds and staff



By Jim Gladman, Solicitor, Clinical Negligence In the last 6 years, it has been identified in England and Wales that failings in NHS treatment for mental health problems contributed to the death of 45 patients.  The Guardian has reported that a lack of beds, staff and specialist services has contributed to the deaths of numerous mental health patients. This is ...
 
Doctor writing

One step closer: Inquests into cases of stillbirth



On 2 February 2018, the Parliamentary Members Bill regarding Coroners’ investigations into stillbirths had its second reading. During the second reading, Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South referred to the experience of her constituents and our clients, Jack and Sarah Hawkins, whose baby daughter – Harriet – died whilst she was being born. Jack and Sarah have been sharing their story ...