6 October 2019 saw World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day. The World Cerebral Palsy Initiative describes the purpose of this day as raising awareness and celebrating the achievements of those with CP, as well an opportunity to seek solutions to everyday problems and more.
The widower of a 49-year-old mother of two, who died from cervical cancer after being repeatedly failed by the NHS, has spoken out about a report into his wife’s death. Julie O’Connor tragically passed away in February 2019 following a late diagnosis of cervical cancer. Mrs O’Conner first went for a smear test in September 2014 which came back negative. After persistent symptoms, and five further visits to an NHS hospital over two years, Mrs O’Connor saw a private Consultant who finally identified a tumour. There had been a clear misdiagnosis and, rightly, an independent report was commissioned by the Trust. However it unfortunately appears that – once again – an NHS Trust has missed the mark, with Mr O’Connor describing it as “lamentable from start to finish”.
You may have seen a growing number of advertising campaigns for “virtual” GP applications (“apps”) on your daily commute. These apps offer patients the chance to arrange a video or telephone appointment with a GP. The patient can then book a face-to-face appointment if necessary. Some of the providers offer a free service because it qualifies for NHS funding. These apps bring about benefits but also risks and unanswered questions around liability and medical negligence.
September is Sepsis Awareness Month. Sepsis is a condition that can have devastating consequences if not diagnosed and treated promptly, even when it occurs in adults or children who are usually well. It is important, therefore, to raise awareness regarding sepsis with the general public and, crucially, within the medical profession.
Yesterday was 'World Patient Safety Day' and Kingsley Napley hosted AvMA's World Patient Safety Day event 'Patients Speaking Up For Patient Safety' Chaired by Shaun Lintern at which the audience heard fascinating talks from the Right Honourable Jeremy Hunt MP, James Titcombe OBE, Joanne Hughes (Mothers Instinct), Maureen Tuit (Maureen Insight Specialist Counselling Service), Peter Walsh and a short piece from me about the Cappuccini Test.