Significant settlement reached for failure to remove ureteric stent for 10 years causing loss of kidney

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In February 2003, Mrs A was admitted to hospital with right loin pain. Investigation identified a swollen right kidney. She was referred and underwent a cystoscopy to see if there was any obstruction to the bladder which might be causing her symptoms. She was discharged back to the care of the GP.

Between 2003 and 2012, Mrs A suffered ongoing pain in her abdomen and lower back as well as urinary frequency. Her GP referred her to gynaecology in 2005. The gynaecologist noted that in 2003, she had a cystoscopy and a stent was in situ and suggested that the GP refer her to urology if they deemed it necessary. Mrs A continued to suffer with pain in her lower back, urinary discomfort and symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection. Mrs A was treated several times with antibiotics. She was not referred to urology until 2012, when it was noted that there was no mention of the stent insertion in her discharge letter of April 2003, and it had therefore been missed and had now calcified.

Mrs A was admitted to hospital in December 2012 with symptoms of urinary sepsis and she had a right nephrostomy (tube draining urine from the kidneys). Subsequently, the forgotten encrusted stent had to be removed under general anaesthetic in January 2013. Due to the length of time the stent was in situ, it calcified, causing damage to the kidney and persistent pain. Subsequently, a deterioration in her kidney function resulted in her kidney being removed 18 months later.

Mrs A contacted BL Claims as specialist clinical negligence solicitors to represent her and investigate her claim. Reports were requested which identified failures in care by the local trust. The trust admitted liability and we were able to enter into settlement negotiations.  Mrs A was very happy with the five figure settlement that was agreed for the 10 year delay in removing her stent.

Please contact Patricia Wakeford in our Clinical Negligence Team, if your require further information on 02380 857310

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Patricia is a Senior Associate, in our Clinical Negligence team, and is also a qualified midwife with many years of experience working in the NHS.

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