Medical Negligence at Hillingdon Hospital

Medical Negligence at Hillingdon Hospital

Those who work at Hillingdon Hospital, at every level, are dedicated to delivering the best care and related services, to patients and all those that pass through the hospital. The vast majority of patients have a positive experience, receive excellent care and treatment and leave Hillingdon Hospital in a much better state of health. For that, they are very grateful to all staff, who work hard to provide the best treatment and care.

However, we know that the NHS is under significant pressure and, overall, there are many vacancies across the country. As a consequence, health professionals are having to do a lot more and because there are not sufficient resources to meet the needs of all patients, it is inevitable that errors will be made. Some of those can be addressed swiftly, without any long-term consequences. However, some errors, amounting to medical negligence at Hillingdon Hospital, can cause significant harm and long-term health issues for patients.

Hillingdon Hospital decrepit

The risk of harm is increased as the hospital is unsafe. In October 2019 The Guardian reported parts of Hillingdon Hospital were so dangerous that patients had to be moved out of wards, to ensure their safety.

They further reported, the hospital was so decrepit it had to move all child patients out of the paediatric department due to subsidence. This subsidence had left the paediatric department unsafe. The Peter Pan inpatient ward, Tinkerbell outpatient ward Wendy outpatients facility all had to be moved.

The movement of patients was described “as a precautionary measure” although the seriousness should not be underestimated, as the hospital’s chief executive described the condition being “an unfortunate legacy our ageing estate”.

The risk of harm was not limited to patients, but also to staff. As at October 2019 the Trust, responsible for Hillingdon Hospital, was planning to move staff out of their offices, at the hospital, into alternative accommodation in Hillingdon town centre. This was necessary because their safety at work could not be guaranteed.

If you have suffered harm due to medical negligence, error or mistake, you may be entitled to compensation.  For free advice and a swift answer as to whether you may be entitled to compensation from Hillingdon Hospital please call 0333 123 9099, email or use the enquiry form to request a call back.

Care Quality Commission Inspection Report for Hillingdon Hospital published 24 July 2018

The quality of care is regularly inspected by the Care Quality Commission and in March 2018 an inspection was carried out, which resulted in the publication of a report on the 24 July 2018.

The rating of services went down, compared with the previous inspection.

It was reported that there was a deterioration in infection prevention and control. There were inconsistencies in hand hygiene practice among staff, during ward rounds.

Medicines were not always appropriately checked or stored.

There was a poor recognition of sepsis.

On the positive side, there was an improvement in safe levels of staffing although the report stated the Trust needed to continue to increase the number of staff in post and reduce reliance on temporary staff. Perhaps worryingly, some services did not have enough permanent medical staff and nursing to ensure safe care and treatment.

Importantly, staff did not always maintain appropriate records of a patient’s care and treatment.  Further, they did not always actively monitor the effectiveness of care and treatment.

Overall, under the heading of “safe”, services were described as “inadequate”, meaning “the service is performing badly and we’ve taken enforcement action against the provider of the service”.

Medical Negligence Solicitors in Hillingdon

Our medical negligence lawyers regularly act for clients all over England but have particular experience in respect of medical negligence compensation claims against Hillingdon Hospital. Our solicitors based in Uxbridge, in the London Borough of Hillingdon, act for individuals who have experienced an adverse outcome as a result of treatment at Hillingdon Hospital.

To make a claim for medical negligence compensation against Hillingdon Hospital please call 0333 123 9099, email or use the enquiry form to request a call back.

Experience of Medical Negligence Claims

We handle medical negligence claims on a range of issues and some of those listed below arise out of claims against Hillingdon Hospital.

  • brain injury
  • cancer misdiagnosis
  • delayed treatment and surgical errors
  • Eye injury
  • Gynaecology
  • medical equipment failures
  • medical and prescription errors
  • misdiagnosis
  • sepsis
  • urology

Medical Negligence Compensation

We are able to secure substantial compensation for clients, arising out of medical negligence at Hillingdon Hospital.

The compensation for medical negligence that we frequently recover, falls into two main categories.

First, there is compensation for the harm caused, the subsequent suffering and long-term impact upon an individual’s life, particularly their enjoyment of activities that we all take for granted.

The second category of compensation relates to financial losses and expenses arising out of medical negligence. It is likely to be the case that an individual has to take time off work and, in some cases, they will be prevented from working altogether. Therefore, there will be a substantial claim for lost earnings. A claim for lost earnings can be made whether an individual is employed or self-employed. Furthermore, if there is an injury to a child which causes long-term harm and is likely to impact upon their ability to work, or the nature of work they can do, then again, a substantial claim for loss of earnings can be made. In some cases, a claim for lost earnings can stretch to many decades, particularly in the case of children.

It’s very likely that care will be provided as a consequence of the harm experienced. In the first instance, this is likely to be provided by friends and family. Although no money may exchange hands, it is still possible to make a claim for the time spent by individuals caring for another. If it becomes necessary, due to the severity of the harm experienced, to bring in paid carers, the cost of this can also be recovered from Hillingdon Hospital (or any other hospital responsible for the negligence).

In the most severe cases of harm, the patient may no longer be able to use stairs and generally have difficulties in walking. In those circumstances, it may be possible to make a claim for alternative accommodation (often a bungalow) with the cost of adaptions to the bungalow, also forming part of the substantial claim for medical negligence compensation

We are recognised as specialists

We are accredited by the Law Society for Personal Injury Law reflecting our expertise in this area. IBB Claims’ partner Malcolm Underhill has particular expertise with all types of brain injuries, being accredited as a Brain Injury Specialist by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).

Our team is recognised by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500, the two leading client guides to the legal profession, for our exceptional skill in handling clinical negligence claims.

Legal 500 judges IBB as having a “good” clinical negligence department and “puts the client’s interests at the forefront of every decision.” Simon Pimlott has “a real eye for detail and works incredibly hard to get the best result for each client.”

Chambers describes Malcolm as being a highly experienced personal injury practitioner with a strong focus on cases that involve brain injury. A client notes: "He is a very personable, sympathetic professional that has helped us as a family….."

A market source praises Malcolm’s "clear and empathetic understanding of the individual client and family situation." One impressed client adds: "Malcolm Underhill has been superb from the outset. He has in-depth knowledge gained from extensive experience, which is certainly advantageous."

Chambers and Partners also record that Simon Pimlott "communicates effectively and swiftly" and "works in a highly professional and client-focused way," according to commentators.

Are there time limits for bringing a medical negligence compensation claim against Hillingdon Hospital?

There are time limits. In the vast majority of cases an individual has three years from the date of the medical treatment which resulted in harm, to make their claim for compensation. However, the precise date when things went wrong is not always clear and therefore it is important to make a claim much earlier, particularly as evidence, including expert evidence, will need to be obtained, to set out the basis of the claim and, also, to make clear what amount of compensation is being sought.

There are exceptions to this three year rule, notably in relation to children. If children suffer because of medical negligence in childhood, time does not run until their 18th birthday. Therefore, they can delay making a formal claim until their 21st birthday. Nevertheless, it is not sensible to wait this long.

First, if they wait many years, they will not receive the compensation until long after the events took place. Secondly, delay, of any length of time, risks losing valuable evidence, particularly an individual’s recollection of what they saw and heard, at the time the harm was suffered. Therefore, even in the case of children, it is important that their parents, or others, speak to specialist solicitors promptly, to ensure that they not only maximise the possibilities of a successful claim for compensation against Hillingdon Hospital, but also receive that compensation earlier.

If an individual dies, as a consequence of medical negligence, their family will have three years from the date of the death to pursue a claim. However, again, it is important to pursue a claim as early as possible, to avoid evidence being lost. In some fatal cases there will be an inquest and it may be important to have legal representation at the Coroner’s Inquest.

Call now for advice on how to make a medical negligence compensation claim.

IBB Claims expert medical negligence Solicitors have a strong track record of success, helping individuals to recover financial compensation for the harm they have suffered. We are able to support you in making the claim and to get the best outcome. To make a medical negligence claim against Hillingdon Hospital please call 0333 123 9099, email or use the enquiry form to request a call back.