Following the recent settlement of a claim by the clinical negligence team against Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust arising from negligent care provided by consultant gynaecologist, Miss Jayne Cockburn, the team has been instructed by a number of women looking to pursue a clinical negligence investigation.

Many of these women have been contacted by Frimley Park Hospital as part of the Trust’s ongoing investigation into Miss Cockburn’s actions and have received a Duty of Candour letter from the Chief Executive offering an apology for the poor care received. However, for some patients who have not yet received such a letter, the Trust’s continued lack of apology is causing great distress. 

Although it is not yet clear how many patients have been recalled by the Trust in this way, they have all been through a traumatic and distressing time and common themes are emerging regarding their treatment.

For example, a number of women were being treated by Miss Cockburn for urinary frequency, urgency and incontinence and had a range of uro-gynaecological procedures, including the insertion of Tension-Free Vaginal Tape (TVT). There are concerns that quite extensive surgical measures were taken without due consideration being given to less extensive surgery or more conservative measures. The team is also being instructed to look at the standard of surgical technique employed by Miss Cockburn.