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Cheltenham Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

I Was Harmed By Cheltenham Walk-In Centre Clinical Negligence, Could I Make A Claim?

If you have suffered a minor injury, you can go to a walk-in centre in Cheltenham or elsewhere to receive same-day treatment. And when you receive treatment at a Cheltenham walk-in centre, the healthcare workers that treat you owe you a duty of care.

Therefore if a doctor, nurse or another medical practitioner acts negligently and you the patient are harmed as a result, you may be eligible to claim compensation if you can prove that they breached their duty of care.

Cheltenham walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Cheltenham walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

If you have been injured or suffered an illness because of medical negligence at a Cheltenham walk-in centre, Legal Expert can provide you with a knowledgeable solicitor to handle your compensation claim.

Our expert lawyers have decades of experience working on NHS negligence and private healthcare negligence claims. 

To begin your potential compensation claim for medical negligence in Cheltenham, call Legal Expert today on 0800 073 8804. Alternatively, write to us using our compensation claims form. You can have a free assessment with an advisor and if we can see that you are owed compensation we will provide you with a No Win No Fee solicitor to handle your claim.

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A Guide To Cheltenham Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claims

This walk-in centre negligence guide has been written for people who have experienced walk-in centre medical negligence. If you have been harmed by medical negligence at a walk-in centre elsewhere in the country you may also be able to claim compensation.

A walk-in centre is a clinic that patients can visit for treatment if they have a medical problem that requires same-day treatment but is not serious enough to go to A&E. Most walk-in centres are run by NHS trusts but there are also a small number that are managed by private healthcare providers. Most walk-in centres are staffed by nurses, but there are also GP walk-in centres where doctors appointments are available. Patients may visit a walk-in centre because they need a same-day appointment and their GP cannot offer them one. Or their GP may be closed and an out of hours service is not available or they may not be registered with a local GP.

As well as walk-in healthcare clinics, patients can also visit the following types of healthcare clinics:

  • Urgent treatment centres: an urgent treatment centre is a healthcare centre which treats injuries that need urgent medical care but is not serious enough to warrant a trip to an A&E department.
  • Minor injury units (MIUs): a minor injury unit is a department at a hospital that treats patients for minor illnesses and injuries. They are often put in place to take the pressure off hospital A&E departments.

If you can prove you have been injured because of Cheltenham walk-in centre negligence, you may be eligible to make a walk-in centre medical negligence claim. Call Legal Expert today to begin your compensation claim, or use our online claims form to reach us.

What Is Clinical Negligence At A Cheltenham Walk-In Centre?

According to the National Health Service Act 2006, GPs, doctors and nurses owe their patients a duty of care. This means that healthcare workers should abide by professional best practices when treating their patients. 

Medical negligence, also referred to as clinical negligence is when there is a breach of duty of care and the patient is harmed as a result. If medical negligence occurs, the NHS Trust or private healthcare provider that employed the medical practitioner that treated you may owe you compensation if you can prove that they breached their duty of care.

To claim compensation for medical negligence  from a Cheltenham walk-in centre your solicitor will need to prove the following:

  1. You were a patient of the walk-in centre,  meaning you were owed a duty of care
  2. Your doctor or nurse breached their duty of care
  3. As a result of the medical negligence, you suffered an illness, became injured or your pre-existing medical condition was worsened

To begin your compensation claim contact Legal Expert today to speak to an advisor.

Where To Find A Walk-In Centre In Cheltenham

These are the contact details for Cheltenham walk-in centres and Gloucestershire walk-in centres:

  • The Milsom Centre
    • 8 Milsom St, Cheltenham GL50 4BA
  • Portland Practice
    • St Paul’s Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 4DP
  • St Paul’s Medical Centre
    • St Pauls Medical Centre, 121 Swindon Road, Cheltenham GL50 4DP
  • Health Access Centre
    • Eastgate House, 121-131 Eastgate St, Gloucester GL1 1PX

You can also search for walk-in centres near you, by using this NHS service finder tool.

When Could You Use A Walk-In Medical Centre?

Patients can use Cheltenham walk-in centres, Minor Illness and Injuries Units (MIU) and Urgent Treatment Centres when they need medical treatment for a minor illness or a minor injury. These are injuries or illnesses that require treatment from a doctor or nurse, or another healthcare worker but are not medical emergencies. Patients that are not registered with a local GP can go to a walk-in centre for treatment.

The following illnesses and injuries can be treated at a walk-in centre:

  • Stomach upsets with symptoms such as nausea, diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Minor head injuries where the patient has not become unconscious
  • Patients can have their blood pressure checked
  • Patients can get the morning-after pill, also known as emergency contraception
  • Soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, or a sprained muscle
  • Minor open wounds can be treated
  • Patients can receive aftercare treatment for wounds
  • Treatment for skin rashes
  • Treatment for patients who have been stung by an insect or bitten by an animal that is not life-threatening

The following medical conditions cannot be treated at a Cheltenham walk-in medical centre:

  • Drug overdoses
  • A severe head injury involving a loss of consciousness
  • Emergency treatment for someone who has been poisoned by chemical inhalation.
  • Anaphylactic shock, which is a severe allergic reaction that can be life-threatening
  • Emergency treatment for a patient who has had an operation and is experiencing complications
  • Receiving a repeat prescription for a chronic condition. This has to be from your GP
  • Receiving a doctor’s letter. This has to be from your GP

Private and NHS walk-in centres are not equipped to help a patient who needs emergency medical treatment. Patients in this state should go to a hospital Accident & Emergency department immediately. 

We will now look at ways that patients can suffer harm by Cheltenham walk-in centre medical negligence in more detail.

Negligent Treatment Of Minor Injuries

Patients will go to walk-in centres when they feel that they are suffering from a minor injury to receive treatment. For example, a patient can go to a walk-in centre with a suspected broken bone.

However, the doctor may fail to spot the signs of a broken bone and not send the patient to a hospital A&E department. This could mean they fail to receive a diagnosis and the urgent treatment they need. If this is the case, the broken bone can worsen over time. An untreated broken bone injury can lead to the patient suffering dangerous complications which could have been avoided had the broken bone initially been treated.

If you have experienced any type of minor injury medical negligence at an NHS walk-in centre, or private healthcare centre, you may be eligible to claim for compensation if you can prove there was a breach of duty of care. Call Legal Expert today to speak to an advisor about making a medical negligence claim.

Negligent Treatment Of Minor Illnesses

A minor illness is an illness which is not classed a medical emergency but needs medical treatment. If a doctor misdiagnoses a minor illness then the patient’s condition may worsen. One of these conditions that can worsen without treatment is bronchitis. This is where the bronchi (main airways of the lungs) become inflamed. 

Symptoms of bronchitis include coughing and bringing up phlegm, wheezing and a sore throat. Bronchitis can be treated with antibiotics but if it goes untreated the patient can develop pneumonia, which can be life-threatening. 

If a clinician at a walk-in centre misdiagnoses bronchitis and the patient develops pneumonia, the NHS Trust or private healthcare provider that manages the walk-in centre could be held liable for the patient’s injuries.

Call Legal Expert today to enquire about making a Cheltenham walk-in centre medical negligence claim minor illness negligence.

Negligent Treatment Of Healthcare Conditions

Hope House is a clinic providing sexual health services to patients in Cheltenham.. The clinic used to offer walk-in appointments but now operates a telephone triage system, and aims to give patients the same day or next day appointment. 

Hope House offers pregnancy services for mothers to be, including pregnancy advice for women who have recently found out that they are pregnant. If the expectant mother receives negligent pregnancy advice, which causes harm to her or her unborn child, she may be eligible to claim compensation for her injuries if she can prove a duty of care was breached.

Similarly, people go to sexual health clinics to receive diagnoses and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). If STIs go untreated they can cause the patient permanent harm, for example, patients suffering from chlamydia can become infertile if the condition is not treated. If a doctor misdiagnoses an STI and the patient is harmed or unknowingly passes the illness onto others, this could be considered medical negligence. As a result, the patient may be able to claim compensation.

If you can prove you have experienced Cheltenham walk-in centre clinical negligence at a sexual health clinic, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Call Legal Expert today and if we can see that you are owed compensation we will provide you with a lawyer to handle your No Win No Fee claim.

Prescription And Medication Negligence

Another type of medical negligence at a Cheltenham walk-in centre that could occur is if a nurse or doctor makes a medication error. A nurse could make a medication error when they are administering medication to a patient. Similarly, at a GP walk-in centre, a GP could see a patient and make an error when prescribing them medication, for example prescribing the patient an incorrect dosage of medication.

What could happen if a medication error or prescription error occurs? The patient may receive a dosage of medication which is too high,  meaning they could experience a harmful drug overdose. On the other hand, if the dosage of medication is too low it might not be effective enough to treat the patient so their condition may not improve or may worsen over time. Lastly, the patient might take the wrong medication which can have harmful effects. 

In some cases mixing medications can have harmful consequences, for example, people who are already on one type of medication may not be able to mix their medication with another type. Doing so can lead to seizures or the patient slipping into a coma, amongst other problems.

If you have been injured or made ill because of a prescription error at a GP walk-in centre in Cheltenham or a medication error, you may have grounds to claim medical negligence compensation if you can prove a breach in the duty of care. Call us today to enquire about claiming compensation for Cheltenham walk-in centre negligence. If your claim is legitimate, we can provide you with a No Win No Fee lawyer to handle your case.

Cheltenham Walk-In Centre Clinical Negligence Calculator

If you have been injured,  suffered an illness or your pre-existing medical condition was worsened because of clinical negligence at a Cheltenham walk-in centre you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. How much money could you recover in compensation? Some people use medical negligence claims compensation calculators to estimate how much compensation they could claim. 

However, these are not always accurate. Instead, you can use this table to predict how much compensation you could claim, which is based on guidelines from the Judicial College. The table below explains how much compensation you may be eligible to claim, based on the type and severity of the injuries you have suffered.

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Nature And Severity Of Injury Possible Settlements Injury Notes
Level B Bladder Injuries upto £132,040 An injury which could cause the claimant to lose control or function in their bladder.
Level E Bowel Injuries £11,820 to £22,970 Wounds which penetrate the bowels but which the claimant should recover from.
Level C Male Reproductive System Injuries upto £132,04 An injury which causes the claimant to become sterile. How much compensation is paid will depend on the age of the claimant and if they already have children.
Level A Female Reproductive System Injuries £107,810 to £158,970 An injury or illness which causes a female claimant to become infertile. The injury may also cause someone to suffer symptoms such as anxiety, pain and even depression.
Level B Female Reproductive System Injuries £31,950 to £95,850 The missed diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy which results in the woman in question losing her fertility as well as there being other health concerns.
Injury Level A Spleen Injuries £19,510 – £24,680 Injuries which affect the spleen and which could raise the persons risk of subsequent infections.
Severe Injuries Dislocation Injury To The Thumb £3,710 to £6,360 Severely dislocated thumb injuries.
Fracture Of The Index Finger £8,550 to £11,480 A broken or fractured index finger.
Moderate Injuries To The Toe upto £9,010 Moderate injuries to the toe.

This table includes estimates for general damages only and does not include any special damages you may be eligible to claim.

How are clinical negligence claims calculated? If a clinical negligence claim is successful, the claimant will receive general damages and special damages. General damages compensate the claimant for the suffering, loss of amenity and pain that they have experienced. Claimants could also claim special damages which is a reimbursement for any financial losses they have experienced because they were injured, or costs they are likely to have in the future.

Special damages for medical malpractice can include the following:

  • Funds for travel costs
  • Funds for medical costs
  • Funds for care costs
  • Funds for reimbursement for loss of income.

In the rare cases where a patient is caused a permanent disability, they may also be able to claim funds to pay for any necessary mobility equipment, car updates and home adaptations.

For a personalised estimate of how much compensation you may be owed, you can call Legal Expert to speak to an advisor.

No Win No Fee Cheltenham Walk-In Centre Clinical Negligence Calculator

Legal Expert can give you the option to have your Cheltenham walk-in centre negligence claim handled as a No Win No Fee claim. How does a No Win No Fee claim work? Traditionally clients pay a solicitor’s fee upfront to their solicitor. This fee is not refundable if the claim is not successful. 

With a No Win No Fee claim, you will be offered a Conditional Fee Agreement (this is another term for a No Win No Fee agreement).  This means you will not be charged any upfront fees nor whilst the claim is ongoing, instead, you will be charged a small, legally capped success fee to help cover solicitors costs and only if your claim is successful.

In the situation that you do not win your claim, you will not have to pay any fees to your solicitor. Therefore there is less risk involved for you financially.

Call Legal Expert today to see if you are eligible to make a No Win No Fee claim for walk-in centre negligence in Cheltenham.

Get In Touch With Our Team

If you believe you are owed compensation for Cheltenham walk-in centre negligence get in contact with Legal Expert today for your free consultation.

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Clinical Negligence Claim Resources

If you have experienced medical negligence at a Cheltenham walk-in centre and wish to claim compensation, we hope you have found this guide helpful. You may also wish to consult these claims guides to learn more.

Chelmsford Medical Negligence Solicitors, No Win No Fee Claims Guide

Chelmsford Personal Injury Solicitors Guide

How Much Can I Claim For Doctor Or GP Negligence?

Other Medical Negligence Claim Guides That May Be Helpful

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