Princess Royal Hospital apologises after a patient mistakenly had a tissue sample taken from his liver

Princess Royal Hospital

Princess Royal Hospital

First published in News by , Health reporter

A HOSPITAL has apologised after a patient mistakenly had a tissue sample taken from his liver during an operation.

The unidentified patient had been booked in to have a biopsy carried out on his pancreas at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

However the biopsy was carried out on the liver instead.

The mistake was picked up at the end of the procedure and hospital staff gave the patient a full apology.

Details of the incident, which happened in June, emerged in a report to the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust board.

The trust has commissioned an external review from an expert in patient safety and the findings are due imminently.

The board report said the investigation was ongoing but all theatre personnel had been made aware of the incident and checklist procedures reinforced.

The incident was one of three so-called “never events” the trust provisionally reported to NHS England between April and the end of June this year.

Never events are serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that shouldn’t happen if the available preventative measures have been implemented.

A second incident, which happened at the end of May, involved a patient who had a swab left inside them following an operation at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

No swabs were identified as missing at the count at the end of the operation.

However five days later the patient contacted the hospital to say that she had discovered an object that appeared to be a swab.

The patient was examined in clinic that day and an apology was given.

A trust spokeswoman said: “Never events are very rare and the majority cause minimal or no harm to the patients.

“However, we realise that these incidents are called never events because they should never happen and we have made significant improvements in recent years to try to ensure that all preventable incidents do not occur.

“Whenever we have reported a never event, we have always informed the patient involved and their family, we thoroughly investigate it and we have put measures in place to prevent it from happening again.”

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12:36pm Tue 5 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The people involved in these incidents should be sacked IMO - incompetence like this is not acceptable.
The people involved in these incidents should be sacked IMO - incompetence like this is not acceptable. getThisCoalitionOut
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4:34pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Pinacolada says...

Such a shame this hospital trust gets such a battering from the argus constantly. How their staff can read it and carry on in their jobs I don't know. I hope
You know that people read this sort of story and then every member of staff is considered incompetent and that every bit of care delivered is going to be poor. Such a shame for the thousands of people who work there, trying their best and dealing with unbelievable stresses every day.
I was a patient in a&e on Saturday at the RSCH, the argus reported pride to be 'without incident'. Well if you'd seen what I'd seen you would disagree. Youngsters drunk and drugged up and the staff fighting to save their lives because they couldn't breath. Where was the Praise for that argus? If you are a hospital worker reading this then thankyou. Please don't get dragged down by such negativity and keep your heads held high.
Such a shame this hospital trust gets such a battering from the argus constantly. How their staff can read it and carry on in their jobs I don't know. I hope You know that people read this sort of story and then every member of staff is considered incompetent and that every bit of care delivered is going to be poor. Such a shame for the thousands of people who work there, trying their best and dealing with unbelievable stresses every day. I was a patient in a&e on Saturday at the RSCH, the argus reported pride to be 'without incident'. Well if you'd seen what I'd seen you would disagree. Youngsters drunk and drugged up and the staff fighting to save their lives because they couldn't breath. Where was the Praise for that argus? If you are a hospital worker reading this then thankyou. Please don't get dragged down by such negativity and keep your heads held high. Pinacolada
  • Score: 10

5:19pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

It's actually a wonderful hospital with incredibly committed, professional staff - but still an appalling blunder.
It's actually a wonderful hospital with incredibly committed, professional staff - but still an appalling blunder. Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: 11

1:03am Wed 6 Aug 14

Matt106 says...

Can anyone tell me why the street sign for the mini roundabout displayed arrows going anti-clockwise? I realize that the roundabout no longer exists, but nevertheless it would appear that an incorrect sign was displayed during it's existence. How many more mini roundabouts across Mid-Sussex are displaying anti-clockwise road signs?!
Can anyone tell me why the street sign for the mini roundabout displayed arrows going anti-clockwise? I realize that the roundabout no longer exists, but nevertheless it would appear that an incorrect sign was displayed during it's existence. How many more mini roundabouts across Mid-Sussex are displaying anti-clockwise road signs?! Matt106
  • Score: 1

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