Royal Stoke orders wider review into latest patient blunders

A view of the car park at Royal Stoke University Hospital
Royal Stoke University Hospital -Credit:Pete Stonier / Stoke Sentinel

A wide-ranging review has been ordered at Stoke-on-Trent's main hospital - after two similar blunders in a matter of months. The latest so-called never event was recorded at the Royal Stoke University Hospital in February.

The patient had first been seen in November, had an operation in January, and was discharged in February when they were told their lesion was 'benign'. But the patient later contacted the Royal Stoke to report that the wrong lesion had been biopsied.

It follows a similar error last year.

A report to the Royal Stoke's April board meeting states: "The latest never event is related to an incorrect lesion and is the second in recent months. These incidents will have patient safety incident investigations completed, a review of previous actions, and a complete thematic review to assess and compare differences and similarities between the incidents and share the wider learning."

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