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Unacceptable Delays for Eye Surgery in Shropshire

The Shropshire Star reported yesterday (27 February), of unacceptable delays in the treatment of ophthalmic cases awaiting  non urgent eye surgery at The Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital between 2009 and 2011.

Non urgent referrals must be seen within 18 weeks of referral according to National Guidelines, but this has not been achieved and in July 2011 more than 6,000 patients had been identified as waiting longer, which fails to meet an acceptable standard of care and is potentially actionable, if unnecessary injury has occurred as a result. Indeed the Shropshire County Primary Care Trust have identified six patients whose eyesight has probably significantly deteriorated because of a delay in their treatment, and a further seven who have suffered minor deterioration.

Officials admitted that this was a failure in care.

Patients who consider that their sight has been affected as a result of unreasonable delays in their treatment would be well advised to have their situation investigated, as they may well deserve compensation for unnecessary damage to their eyesight. For some people this can affect their ability to drive and work, and can therefore have a quite devastating impact upon their lives. 

Lanyon Bowdler have acted in many similar cases and successfully obtained an award in damages for personal injuries, as well as highlighting errors so that lessons may be learned and thus preventing further unnecessary injury. We offer up to 30 minutes free advice and “No win no fee agreements” to fund the case.

For more information email me kay.kelly@lblaw.co.uk or call 01743 280280.