Case studies - The MDU
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Case studies

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

Hearing loss alleged from delay in referral
Hearing loss alleged from delay in referral

14 March 2017

A GP member received a letter from solicitors instructed by a patient who had attended the surgery three years earlier

Limb threatening ischaemia
Limb threatening ischaemia

14 March 2017

A patient with a long history of ischaemic heart disease, renal failure and diabetes presented to his GP with symptoms of chronic peripheral vascular disease

Managing a patient
Managing a patient's behaviour

14 March 2017

A consultant member contacted the MDU’s advice line about a female patient she had operated on some months earlier

Pedicle screw placement in spinal surgery
Pedicle screw replacement in spinal surgery

14 March 2017

A patient in his 40s with a long history of low back pain was referred to a highly experienced orthopaedic spinal surgeon, an MDU member

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