Nurse awarded medical negligence damages

Personal injury compensation has been awarded to a nurse who had to have her finger amputated as a result of medical negligence.

Claire Heywood has been granted a five-figure damages sum from the Pennine Acute NHS Trust after she was mistreated at the Royal Oldham Hospital in April 2007, the Manchester Evening News reports.

The 47-year-old - who works as a paediatric nurse at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital - sought medical attention after slicing open her finger on a shattered lampshade at home.

However, a junior doctor at the institution failed to properly diagnose her and missed the fact she had severed a tendon and, despite her GP subsequently urgently referring her to see a surgeon, she was not re-examined for six months.

Ms Heywood told the news source that by the time her injury was finally analysed again, an amputation was "the only option" as her situation had become unbearable".

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29/03/2012 16:47