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NHS Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge makes 4 major health errors

Published on 07/11/2011

Addenbrooke’s Hospital, part of the Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has made four major health blunders in the past six weeks.

Classified as ‘never events’ by the NHS, the leading cancer specialist hospital performed basic errors which should never have occurred. These included leaving surgical items inside two patients, performing ‘wrong site surgery’, and fitting the wrong implant inside a patient.

Peter Walsh from Action Against Medical Accidents, said: 'They aren't called 'never events' for nothing. There are basic safety checks in place to avoid this type of thing. There can be no excuse.'

A Cambridge University Hospitals spokesman said: 'We deeply regret these incidents and have apologised to the four patients. Fortunately none of them came to any permanent harm.

‘We have already taken action to minimise the risk of them happening again.'

Patients living in the Cambridge area with private medical insurance could have been treated in the nearby Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, a private hospital with excellent facilities.

Services at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital include 49 single ensuite private rooms, 5 operating theatres, and 4 critical care beds.

0.21% of patients at Cambridge Lea Hospital make unplanned returns to theatre, compared to 0.4% average of UK private hospitals.

Private medical insurance will give you access to a private hospital of your choice, with a consultant of your choice. Search our free hospital database to find a private hospital near you, or compare health insurance policies online now.

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