Frimley Park Hospital patients pursuing legal action against gynaecologist

Patients claimed they suffered 'life-changing' injuries as a result of botched surgery carried out by Dr Jayne Cockburn.

More than 20 women are pursuing legal action against Frimley Park Hospital over claims they suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries as a result of botched surgery.

Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Jayne Cockburn, resigned from the trust in December last year following an internal review of her conduct. She was prevented from carrying out further operations at the hospital back in 2011.

Last summer, the trust wrote to more than 100 patients treated by Dr Cockburn offering them a chance to see another gynaecologist. At least two patients treated by Dr Cockburn have already received payouts from the hospital.

On Monday, law firm Penningtons Manches said its clinical negligence team had been instructed by more than 20 women affected by Dr Cockburn’s ‘substandard medical care’.

The firm said it was liaising with the trust and its legal team to negotiate a framework to deal with cases brought against the hospital with respect to Dr Cockburn’s care.

It is also considering group action against the trust and urged any of the more than 100 patients thought to have been affected to come forward.

Last November, Dr Cockburn’s care was formally referred by the General Medical Council to the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Solicitor Elise Bevan from Penningtons Manches’ clinical negligence team said: “It is very likely there other patients who have been affected but who have not received a letter from the trust. All these claims involve hugely sensitive issues.

“Some clients have suffered permanent life-changing injuries as a result of Miss Cockburn’s substandard medical care. Almost all of our clients feel their trust has been breached.

“We are seeing very similar issues across the cases which, based on the admissions made by the trust to date and our own expert evidence, indicate Miss Cockburn had a tendency to undertake surgery on patients which was neither indicated nor required.”

Dr Cockburn’s care was called into question more than a decade ago following the death in July 2004 of 58-year-old Yvonne McLeod from Fleet. An inquest in April 2005 into Mrs McLeod’s death revealed a hole was made in her bowel during routine gynaecological surgery, performed by Dr Cockburn, which became infected and eventually proved fatal.

In August last year, 52-year-old Tongham grandmother Jacqueline Elston received £50,000 from Frimley Park following surgery performed by Miss Cockburn in December 2010.

A second patient was also awarded damages in October 2014 following surgery by Dr Cockburn to repair a vaginal prolapse.

Source: GetSurrey

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