Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has revealed that it is contacting 57 patients treated by a doctor who has since been diagnosed as HIV positive. This individual was involved in orthopaedic operations at the Royal Cornwall Hospital for a six month period between 2011 and 2012.
The Trust is one of three asked by NHS England to contact patients, asking them to return to the hospital for a precautionary blood test.
Although the Trust has said the risk of the virus being passed on to these patients is extremely low, this is an upsetting and concerning time for those involved as they wait to find out the results of their blood test.
Here at Coodes, our clinical negligence team have many years of experience dealing with medical issues such as this. Although it is clear that the risk is low and unlikely to have caused injury, anyone with concerns should get in touch.
If you have been affected by this or any other clinical negligence issue and would like more information, contact Rachel Pearce, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Partner on 01326 318900 or email email@example.com.