Claimant attended Defendant GP with lump in right breast. Following examination, GP advised that lump unlikely to be cancerous, however due to family history he would refer her to a breast clinic. Defendant GP did not make the referral requiring the Claimant to be seen within two weeks as per GP guidelines. Eight months later Claimant consulted another GP within the same surgery who referred her to a breast clinic where she was seen within two days and diagnosed with breast cancer. She subsequently underwent mastectomy.
Claimant suffered pain in her right side for eight months as well as anxiety that she did actually have breast cancer which had not been diagnosed. Expert evidence indicated that the delay had no impact upon prognosis or treatment.
Out of court settlement: £5,460 (General Damages £5,000).