Case studies

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.

Post-mortem consent
Post-mortem consent

14 March 2017

A consultant in elderly care medicine contacted the MDU advice line.

Retaining records after retirement
Retaining records after retirement

14 March 2017

A consultant surgeon called the MDU advice line. She intended to retire in several months.

Ruptured Achilles tendon
Ruptured Achilles tendon

14 March 2017

A patient developed a pre-Achilles tendon bursitis and was referred for a steroid injection.

guide to raising concerns
Case study - dating a patient

9 February 2017

Your friend, who is also a doctor in the same unit, has posted Facebook photos of a drunken date with a very pretty girl. You recognise the girl as an 18 year old patient who was under the care of your friend several weeks ago.

Allegation of injury
Allegation of non-accidental injury

17 February 2016

A consultant paediatrician had been asked to provide a report regarding a five-year old child he had seen on the ward.