Hip op patient takes legal action

A patient who suffered a severe infection following a hip replacement at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital is taking legal action to find “answers”.

The 60-year-old woman became unwell after undergoing surgery at the hospital – where two operating theatres have been closed for months after a spate of infections. She has now instructed medical negligence lawyers to investigate.

The facilities were closed after more than 20 patients who underwent hip or knee replacements developed deep wound infections. The Health Protection Agency said ventilation systems were working correctly and medics were not at fault, but an anteroom shared by the theatres might be increasing the risk of bacteria spreading. The woman, from Worksop, who has not been named, had a hip replacement in April last year.

Three months later she had the hip removed because of an infection, then she suffered a further serious infection requiring more surgery. Another replacement hip was provided at the Northern General.

Hayley Cullabine, of law firm Irwin Mitchell, said: “We are investigating exactly what happened and have written to the NHS trust to request further details and documents so we can help provide the answers.”

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals has said it ‘could not be certain’ any particular infection was linked to the two theatres. Local hip or knee surgery patients are being sent to the Northern General, Thornbury Hospital or the Care UK centre in Barlborough.