A woman left infertile by cervical cancer after two misinterpreted smear tests has been awarded £50,000 in compensation.
The tests on 37 year old Claire Millward showed pre-cancerous cells but she was not told or given follow-up checks.
Doctors spotted the cancer in time to save her life but she had to have a hysterectomy.
Northampton General Hospital has said it's truly sorry for the errors.
– A spokesperson for Northampton General Hospital
"We have apologised to Mrs Millward for failings that were identified in reporting two of her cervical smear tests. We accept that, regrettably, those smears were incorrectly reported and that this may have contributed to a delayed diagnosis of glandular neoplasia. We are truly sorry for those errors. "We carry out thousands of cervical smear tests annually, and we would like to reassure all our patients that this is a most exceptional case. Nevertheless we are determined to learn from it and we have reviewed our procedures to ensure there is no recurrence of the failings experienced by Mrs Millward."