Anaesthetic injected into wrong part of patient at Norfolk hospital

James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: Archant.

James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston. Picture: Archant. - Credit: Nick Butcher

Pain relief was injected into the wrong part of a patient's body at a Norfolk hospital, it can be revealed.

The mistake - classed as a 'never event', one so serious it should never occur - happened at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston on February 11 and was revealed in board papers released ahead of a meeting tomorrow (Friday).

It was listed alongside another three serious incidents which occurred last month.

A hospital spokesman said the procedure was immediately stopped and pain relief administered to the correct area. There was no harm to the patient.

It brings the number of never events for 2017/18 at the hospital to three.

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In one case a swab was retained after a procedure and another where a 'foreign object' was left in after surgery.

As part of the hospital's objectives for 2018 - 2023 it is aiming to reduce never events to zero and be in the top 10pc of NHS trusts for safety.

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The serious incidents included two occasions - on February 11 and 19 - where patients were left waiting on a trolley in A&E for more than 12 hours, while medics struggled to find them a bed.

Both days were during a period of extreme pressure felt by the health service across the country

Official data showed on February 19 the hospital reported it was full. No data was available for February 11 but on February 10 the hospital was at 98.63pc full, and by February 12 it was reporting 100pc occupancy levels.

The third serious incident involved the unexpected death of a newborn baby.

It is understood the baby was gravely ill when born at the hospital, but there had been no prior indication of anything being wrong.

The baby was transferred to a specialist unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital but subsequently died.

Investigations were taking place into all the incident.

The hospital's director of governance, Anna Hills, said: 'The James Paget University Hospital is committed to continuous improvement – and full investigations are carried out when such incidents occur so that any learning can be used to strengthen our processes and procedures.'

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