Additional training for NHS trust staff after Grantham mum victim of medical blunders

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By kay_kelly | Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 16:58

Staff at an NHS trust have undergone additional training after a Grantham mum-of-three had to have her leg amputated following a catalogue of medical blunders.

Lorraine Brewin is starting to rebuild her life after United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust admitted it 'did not meet the standards she was entitled to expect' following a routine operation to remove varicose veins in January 2009.

Forty-six-year-old Lorraine expected to leave Grantham Hospital a day after the operation on her left leg.

But, instead, she started to suffer a dangerous build up of blood in the leg – called compartment syndrome.

Once doctors eventually realised the serious problem Lorraine was transferred to Lincoln County Hospital for more surgery.

But further delays and a lack of physiotherapy meant she had to have the lower part of her left leg removed.

A spokesperson for the trust - responsible for both Grantham and Lincoln County hospitals - said: "United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust has apologised to Mrs Brewin for aspects of care she received in January 2009 which did not meet the standards she was entitled to expect.

"The trust fully investigated the case and over the last four years many steps have been taken to ensure staff receive further training in the rapid escalation of a diagnosis and in responding to changes in a patient's condition."

Specialist medical law and patient rights experts Irwin Mitchell have secured the former factory worker a six-figure interim payment so she can move into a specially-adapted bungalow.

Lorraine's lawyers are continuing to work with the trust to ensure she receives access to care, rehabilitation and equipment she needs to move forward with her life.

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