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NHS LOTHIAN Audiology

In December 2021, an audit report by the British Academy of Audiology showed significant failures in NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service.

These failures have had consequences for children and their families, and in some cases, diagnoses of hearing loss or impairment have been missed or delayed.

The errors meant the average age of a child being diagnosed with hearing loss by NHS Lothian was four-and-a-half years, far above the 109 days old average in England. For some children the delay in diagnosis means they may now have poorer outcomes and treatment options. Out of the sample of 1,007 patient records that were audited, severe concerns were identified in 155, with moderate and minor concerns identified in many other cases.

We also know that there are children who fall outside the audit sample who have been affected by the failings identified at NHS Lothian, and the number impacted may be significantly larger than those referenced in the audit report.

The audit report was thorough and transparent, and it has clearly highlighted very serious concerns regarding NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service. The consequences for those children impacted and their families, needs to be recognised.

PGMBM is exploring bringing legal action.

We will be working with the families that have been impacted to try to bring a swift and just resolution that provides fair redress and support for those affected.

To find out more visit www.nhslothianclaimlawyers.com

PGMBM (a trading name of PGMBM Law Ltd) SRA License Number 512898.

PGMBM is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be located here.
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MEDICAL LIABILITY

NHS LOTHIAN

In December 2021, an audit report by the British Academy of Audiology showed significant failures in NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service.

These failures have had consequences for children and their families, and in some cases, diagnoses of hearing loss or impairment have been missed or delayed.

The errors meant the average age of a child being diagnosed with hearing loss by NHS Lothian was four-and-a-half years, far above the 109 days old average in England. For some children the delay in diagnosis means they may now have poorer outcomes and treatment options. Out of the sample of 1,007 patient records that were audited, severe concerns were identified in 155, with moderate and minor concerns identified in many other cases.

We also know that there are children who fall outside the audit sample who have been affected by the failings identified at NHS Lothian, and the number impacted may be significantly larger than those referenced in the audit report.

The audit report was thorough and transparent, and it has clearly highlighted very serious concerns regarding NHS Lothian’s Paediatric Audiology Service. The consequences for those children impacted and their families, needs to be recognised.

PGMBM is exploring bringing legal action.

We will be working with the families that have been impacted to try to bring a swift and just resolution that provides fair redress and support for those affected.

To find out more visit www.nhslothianclaimlawyers.com

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PGMBM (a trading name of PGMBM Law Ltd)

SRA License Number 512898

PGMBM is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority and complies with the Solicitors Code of Conduct, a copy of which can be located here.