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Case studies

A GP contacted the MDU’s advice line because a member of the practice team had noticed a Facebook page in which a patient of the practice appeared to be selling prescribed drugs including diazepam and oxycodone.

thyroid
Complication of thyroid surgery

29 March 2018

A 52-year old woman was admitted for a partial thyroidectomy. During her pre-operative assessment she was told about the risks associated with thyroid surgery.

lung xray
Near-fatal asthma attack

29 March 2018

A student attended a GP practice with a three-week history of a cough that seemed to be worse in the evenings.

police officers
When can I disclose information to the police?

17 November 2017

If the police request information, you will need to consider whether overriding your duty of confidentiality can be justified in the best interest of the wider public.

Accidental nerve damage
Accidental nerve damage

14 March 2017

A patient attended a practice phlebotomist for a blood test for rubella antibodies

Acute meniscal tear
Acute meniscal tear

14 March 2017

A 58-year old man brought a claim against his GP for failings in the management of his right knee injury, resulting in the delayed diagnosis of an acute meniscal tear

Alleged delay of diagnosis
Alleged delay of diagnosis

14 March 2017

A patient attended his GP complaining of rectal bleeding, which he’d been experiencing on and off for the past year

Delayed diagnosis of torn quadriceps
Delayed diagnosis of torn quadriceps

14 March 2017

A patient brought a claim against an MDU GP member alleging failure to assess and refer her for an injury to her thigh, leading in turn to a delayed diagnosis of a partial tear of her right quadriceps

DVT in a post-operative patient
DVT in a post-operative patient

14 March 2017

A woman in her 70s underwent a total right hip replacement, and was discharged two days after surgery with surgical stockings and a prescription for rivaroxaban

Extent of responsibility in DVLA assessment
Extent of responsibility in DVLA assessment

14 March 2017

A patient in his late 40s saw an independent MDU GP member for a DVLA assessment in 2002

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