Sheriff criticises NHS care over death of Carluke woman Agnes Nicol

Sheriff Robert Dickson has listed a number of failings after a Fatal Accident inquiry into three deaths in three months of patients having gallbladders removed by keyhole surgery at Lanarkshire hospitals.

Mrs Agnes Nicol died in intensive care in Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in March 2006 following mistakes during the initial surgery in Wishaw General in December 2005.

In his findings, the Sheriff said that these mistakes were not discovered until she was transferred to the Liver Unit at Edinburgh.

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“No attempt was made at Wishaw General to investigate why she was deteriorating and the Consultant did not record anything in the medical notes,” said the sheriff.

“By the time Mrs Nicol was sent to Edinburgh, her liver was so badly damaged that she died there.”

See next week’s Gazette for more details.

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