NHS Report a Dramatic Increase in Serious Incidents

Recent board papers published by the East and North Herts NHS Trust recorded a significant increase in serious incidents, with numbers doubling within the Trust.

These growing figures are disconcerting and, sadly when these are reported, it represents an individual who has “experienced serious or permanent harm”.

The report included medication errors, delayed transfers from the emergency department and delayed radiology diagnostic.

Patient falls were recorded as “serious incidents” because one resulted in facial fractures and the other in a fractured neck of the femur.

It was further recorded that patients developed hospital-acquired pressure ulcers, with one patient needing their toe amputated.

A patient was given a local anaesthetic injection to the wrong side of the body which was classified as a never event.

Never Events are serious incidents that are entirely preventable because guidance or safety recommendations providing strong systemic protective barriers are available at a national level, and should have been implemented by all healthcare providers.

In saying that, most of these incidences could have been avoided and are preventable.

It is concerning to see the level of hospital incidents rising in the North and East, but seeing this also reminds us to ask questions or request a second opinion should we ever feel unsure.

If you or a member of your family has been the victim of a Serious Incident or a Never Event during the course of your NHS care, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries.

Contact a member of our specialist team on 0300 303 3634.


Article by Medical Negligence Solutions Solicitor, Lina Aleksandroff.

Read the full NHS report here.