[2007] LTLPI 20.02.08

Claimant attended Defendant hospital for arthroscopy to knee. Claimant informed doctor that he had previously undergone an ileostomy and that his rectum had been all but entirely stitched during the procedure. Doctor agreed to provide pain relief after the arthroscopy by way of an injection rather than a suppository.

Nurses were not informed of this agreement and after attempts to insert suppositories failed, a surgeon had performed a digital examination, which re-opened the wound. Wound took 5 months to heal.

Claimant alleged Defendant was negligent in failing to record and communicate that rectal suppositories were not to be administered. Liability disputed. Out of court settlement £7,750 (estimated General Damages £7,000).