Failures at a Bristol hospital led to a man having to have his entire leg amputated after an infection following routine surgery.
Michael Stephenson, who's from Whitchurch, used to be an active man who's life was on the rugby pitch but six years ago a complication after a straight forward procedure on his hip meant his leg had to be amputated.
On the 20th July 2009 that Michael went into Southmead Hospital to have the routine procedure.
Five days later, the 53 year old should had been discharged but says the wound hadn't healed and there were signs of infection. It took more than a week for doctors to spot it, but it was then too late.
Over four years Michael had countless operations spending a total of two years in hospital. Until doctors finally decided to amputate his entire leg on 24th July 2013
The hospital apologised for the incident and admitted liability.
The Trust is pleased that agreement has now been reached and settlement achieved in relation to the injuries Mr Stephenson suffered.
Since liability was admitted in 2012, we have been working with Mr Stephenson’s legal team to establish his needs.
We hope that the compensation received will assist with Mr Stephenson's care and improve his quality of life.
We would like to re-iterate the apologies made in 2012 and offer Mr Stephenson and his family our best wishes for the future.
An 18 year old motorcyclist from Calne has died following a collision on the A3102 between Calne and Hilmarton last week.
Police were called to the incident involving the motorcyclist and two vehicles on Thursday 6th August.
He was riding a Honda 125 motorcycle when he collided with a grey Vauxhall Astra while overtaking a white Vauxhall Astra van.
The teenager sustained serious injuries to his head and spine and was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol by air ambulance.
He passed away on Saturday 8th August. Next of kin have been informed but formal identification has not yet taken place.
North Bristol NHS Trust, which runs Southmead Hospital has apologised to patients and says it fully accepts the findings of the report.
The Trust takes the findings of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) report extremely seriously.
We fully acknowledge that the quality and safety in the Emergency Department when the CQC re-inspected was not at a standard our patients should expect and for that we are very sorry.
The inspection took place on an exceptionally busy day and patients were waiting unacceptable lengths of time for admission to the main wards and had to wait in areas that were not conducive to our staff being able to deliver high quality care.
To provide absolute assurance, our clinical team carried out a thorough review of the notes of all patients from that day and were satisfied that no one came to harm.
We had hoped to be in a much better place at the time of re-inspection and are extremely disappointed with this outcome.
Andrea Young, Chief Executive, thanks staff for their "relentless focus" on improving patient flow throughout the hospital, and for other improvements that have been made.
The Trust is fully committed to working with the CQC and we will be providing them with regular updates to track progress. In addition they will be making a further unannounced visit to the Emergency Department in the near future.
We are confident that with the changes put in place that are now firmly embedded, we can deal with busy periods much more effectively. Our priority is to provide the safest and best quality care for our patients and have the warning notice lifted.
The CQC has rated Southmead Hospital's A&E department as inadequate for a second time following an inspection in December, and then in May.Read the full story ›
A new £430 million hospital, supposed to be one of the answers to dealing with health issues in Bristol, has had its Accident and Emergency department rated inadequate for a second time.
The Care Quality Commission published its initial concerns back in December and despite some improvement, when the team returned in May it gave the service the same rating.
Inspectors from the health watchdog found overcrowding, insufficient staffing and patients waiting too long for pain relief.
A&E services at Bristol's new multi-million pound hospital are "inadequate", says a major Care Quality Commission report.Read the full story ›
Bristol's new Southmead Hospital has been criticised in a report for having inadequate A&E services.
The Care Quality Commission said overall the multi-million pound hospital required improvement.
However, inspectors also found that the care was good.
People are getting great outcomes from the care they're receiving but it's a very busy hospital, too many operations are being cancelled, people are waiting too long and so there are some fundamentals that need improving.
A new £430 million hospital is expected to come in for heavy criticism in a report being published later this week. The results of a major inspection at Bristol's new Southmead Hospital are expected to be highly critical in some areas.
The health watchdog Care Quality Commission (CQC) went into the Brunel building just before Christmas to carry out the review. It is believed the inspectors will highlight a number of teething problems the hospital has faced following its opening in May last year.
ITV News West Country has reported a number of issues at the hospital since the opening, including claims that poor care hastened the death of an elderly woman and a patient who complained of being left hungry.
Southmead Hospital has begun an investigation into claims that poor standards of care may have hastened an elderly patient's death.Read the full story ›
Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has acknowledged "teething problems" at the new Southmead hospital in Bristol, but says staff are working "incredibly hard" to overcome them.
He was responding to a question Bristol East Labour MP Kerry McCarthy about the fact that Southmead has the third worst record in the country for dealing with Accident and Emergency cases.