Appendicitis in Children

The appendix is a mostly unnecessary part of the bowel. It serves no discernable purpose. It is, however, a major cause of illness, with over 35,000 patients being treated for appendicitis in the UK every year.  Appendicitis is an important problem with its own complications should delay, misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose it at all […]

Are private hospitals treating NHS patients properly equipped to deal with emergencies?

The BBC this week ran an investigation asking whether private hospitals treating NHS patients were properly equipped to deal with emergencies. It is an issue that has risen in importance as more and more private hospitals and clinics are sub-contracted into providing NHS care.  The BBC’s investigation focused on one patient, James Hartley, who died […]

THE HORSE’S TAIL – Clinical negligence specialist James Wickett sheds light on one area of his practice: Cauda Equina Syndrome

Cauda Equina Syndrome (‘CES’) is a thankfully rare condition but one with a disproportionately high medico-legal profile.  That high profile comes from the substantial levels of compensation that claims of this nature attract, compensation that reflects the damaging and distressing nature of this condition.   So what is CES? CES is the term used to describe […]