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Royal Cornwall Hospital patient gets compensation after unintended termination

Lawyers who represented a woman who suffered an unintended termination at the Royal Cornwall Hospital have announced that their client received compensation.

8 December 2012

Lawyers from Leigh Day who represented a woman who suffered an unintended termination while undergoing a hysterectomy at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in 2007 have announced that their client received compensation for psychiatric injuries as a result and, had they known of the pregnancy, they would have continued with it.

During the operation the woman, who has not been named and who didn’t know she was pregnant, a 14-week-old foetus was discovered but according to solicitor Charlotte Skouby from Leigh Day: “at that point the pregnancy was no longer viable.”

The procedure was carried out despite the consultant noting that her uterus was abnormally large.

The hospital is currently investigating allegations of poor practice in the Gynaecological Department. Former consultant Rob Jones is being investigated after a Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report contained a number of serious concerns about the frequency of surgical complications during his procedures.

More than 1,500 women who saw Mr Jones as gynaecology outpatients are having their care reviewed. Ms Skouby told the BBC: "Following the removal of our client's cervix a 14-week old foetus was discovered and the pregnancy diagnosed at which point, tragically, the pregnancy was no longer viable.

"The responsible NHS trust admitted the fact of the inadvertent termination and that the diagnosis of the pregnancy could and should have been made at the point when it was still viable, thus enabling our client to go on to term and deliver a much wanted baby boy."

The hospital is also looking into a "serious incident" relating to an unnamed obstetrics and gynaecology consultant who has had his or her practice restricted.

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