Case studies

Raising concerns about a colleague
Raising concerns about a colleague

21 September 2020

After seeing a colleague drinking heavily before returning to work, a trainee called the MDU for advice on whether they should raise a concern over risks to patient safety.

Accidental disclosure of patient information
Accidental disclosure of patient information

4 September 2020

A GP received a complaint from a patient who'd instructed a solicitor to investigate a possible claim against their employer, following a work related injury.

Storing digital images in medical records
Storing digital images in medical records

25 August 2020

A GP member was due to have a remote consultation because of the coronavirus outbreak, and needed the MDU's advice with questions surrounding confidentiality and data protection.

Coroners case
Coroner's case

28 July 2020

A GP was called to a coroner's inquest but was not identified as an 'interested person', and called the MDU for advice.

Death certification of COVID 19 patient
Death certification of COVID-19 patient

17 July 2020

When a patient died at home following a clinical diagnosis of COVID-19, a GP called the MDU helpline with questions about completing the death certificate.

Anaesthetic block
Wrong side anaesthetic block

2 July 2020

After being involved in an adverse incident, a trainee needed advice on what might happen next and what they should do to make amends.

Whether to stop prescribing off-label drug
Whether to stop prescribing off-label drugs

2 July 2020

A GP was concerned about the risks of stopping a patient's prescription for sodium valproate, and called the MDU for advice.

Testamentary capacity advice line dilemma

2 July 2020

A consultant in elderly care medicine called the MDU advice line after being contacted by the solicitor acting on behalf of an in-patient.

GMC investigation
GMC investigation over prescribing concerns

2 July 2020

After being notified about some potential prescription anomalies, the GMC wrote to a hospital consultant, who in turn called on the MDU for advice.

Disclosure to the DVLA
Disclosure to the DVLA

29 June 2020

The MDU helped an ST doctor with questions about the potential fitness to drive of a patient who offered conflicting histories.