The claimant registered as a patient with a new GP surgery in December 2009. As part of that registration process, he was required to undergo a health check. That health check included a blood test which the claimant had on the 3 December 2009.
The claimant next attended the surgery in the summer of 2013 complaining of symptoms relating to anxiety and a change in mood. Shortly after this, the claimant attended the practice and, at his own request, underwent a ‘well-man’ test, which included a further blood test. This was reported as showing a raised PSA, following which the claimant underwent a digital rectal exam which revealed an enlarged prostate.
He was referred to the urology department at his local hospital and, following investigations, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, involving the lymph nodes. He underwent treatment for prostate cancer including radiotherapy and hormone therapy.
The claimant attended an appointment at his GP surgery following the diagnosis and was advised that his PSA had in fact been raised on the blood test taken in 2009. This had not been acted upon at the time.
It was alleged that a repeat blood test should have been arranged which would have shown a second abnormal PSA result. The claimant would thereafter have been referred under the suspected cancer pathway and a diagnosis of prostate cancer would have promptly been made by no later than April 2010. The claimant alleged that had an earlier diagnosis been made, it is unlikely that he would have had lymph node involvement and he would have been offered a radical prostatectomy. Such treatment would have had a high chance of a cure. As a result of the delay in diagnosis, the Claimant alleged that he has a reduced life expectancy.
A settlement was reached in the total sum of £120,000.