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How To Claim For Medical Negligence At A Colchester Walk-In Centre

Welcome to our guide on Colchester walk-in centre medical negligence. A Colchester walk-in centre is a clinic where members of the public can go to receive treatment for minor illnesses or minor injuries. People may use walk-in centres because they have not yet registered with a GP or because their GP cannot offer them a same-day appointment. 

When patients are treated at a walk-in centre, they are owed a duty of care by the medical practitioners that treat them. Therefore if a patient is injured because of Colchester walk-in centre medical negligence, they may be eligible to claim compensation for their injuries if they can prove that the duty of care was breached.

Colchester walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

Colchester walk-in centre medical negligence claims guide

If you can prove that you have been injured because of medical negligence at an urgent minor illness service, an urgent treatment centre in Essex, or at a Colchester walk-in centre you may be eligible to claim compensation. 

Legal Expert can provide you with a knowledgeable medical negligence lawyer to handle your claim. Your lawyer will value your claim accurately and push to win you the maximum amount of compensation you may be entitled to claim.

To begin your Colchester walk-in centre negligence claim call us today on 0800 073 8804 to speak to an advisor. Alternatively, you can use our online contact form to write to us.

If we can see that you are owed compensation, a solicitor will be appointed to work on your claim right away.

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A Guide To Claims For Colchester Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence

A walk-in centre is a clinic that members of the public can go to without having booked a prior appointment. Walk-in centres are mostly managed by the NHS, but some are also run by private healthcare providers. 

Most walk-in centres provide nurse-led treatment and some walk-in centres are also staffed by GPs. As well as Colchester general walk-in centres, some walk-in clinics offer specialist services, for example, the Colchester walk-in centre eye clinic.

As well as walk-in centres, urgent care in North East Essex can be sought at the following types of clinics:

  1. An urgent treatment centre is a facility that treats illnesses and injuries that are urgent, but not serious enough to require hospitalisation. For example, treatment for broken or fractured bones.
  2. A minor injuries unit is a department at a hospital that treats minor injuries and illnesses. They are often in place to deal with patients who have minor injuries and take the pressure off hospital A&E departments.

We will now look at what medical negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre is in more detail.

What Is Medical Negligence At A Colchester Walk-In Centre?

The healthcare workers at any medical facility owe their patients a duty of care. It is codified in the National Health Service Act 2006 that GPs owe their patients a duty of care to not cause any undue harm. The Royal College of Nursing also states that nurses practising in the UK owe their patients a duty of care.

Medical negligence occurs when a medical practitioner breaches their duty of care. Examples of medical negligence could include a doctor misdiagnosing a patient’s condition so it gets worse over time, or a patient suffering a needlestick injury because a nurse made a medical mistake. Medical negligence is also known as clinical negligence or medical malpractice.

To make a successful Colchester walk-in centre clinical negligence claim, your lawyer will have to prove the following:

  1. That you were a patient of a Colchester walk-in centre and were owed a duty of care as a result
  2. That the medical practitioner that treated you breached their duty of care
  3. That as a result of the Colchester walk-in centre negligence, you were injured, became ill or your existing medical condition was made worse.

Medical negligence at a walk-in centre can usually be proven using a patient’s medical records and other documents such as receipts for medication. Other evidence can be obtained too, which we’ll discuss below.

Colchester Area NHS Walk-In Centres

Where are the Colchester walk-in centres that you can visit if you need their services?

  • North Colchester Healthcare Centre
    • Address: Colchester Primary Care Centre, Turner Rd, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JR
  • Medicspot Clinic Colchester Queen Street
    • Address: 12 Queen St, Colchester CO1 2PJ
  • Urgent Treatment Centre at Colchester Hospital
    • Address: The Lakes, Mile End, Colchester CO4 5JL
  • Urgent Treatment Centre at Clacton Hospital
    • Address: Tower Rd, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LH

Are there Colchester walk-in centre blood tests available? There are walk-in blood tests available at the following clinics:

  • Clacton-on-Sea phlebotomy
  • Harwich phlebotomy

You can search for a walk-in centre near you using the service search tool on this NHS website.

Can You Just Go To A Walk-In Centre?

Some people may wonder, “Can you just go to a walk-in centre?” 

Patients can use the services of a walk-in centre even if they are not registered with a GP and they do not need to book an appointment. Not every medical condition can be treated at a walk-in centre.

So what does a walk-in centre provide? The following minor injuries and illnesses can be treated at a Colchester walk-in centre:

  • Treatment for minor burns and scalds.
  • Treatment for open wounds including deep cuts, lacerations, and removing foreign bodies.
  • Aftercare appointments for wound injuries, including treatment for a wound that has become infected.
  • Minor head injury treatment, this is a head injury where the patient has remained conscious.
  • Treatment for soft tissue injuries such as sprains or strains.
  • Treatment for an insect sting or animal bites.
  • Treatment for gastrointestinal illnesses involving nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.
  • Emergency contraceptives to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
  • Blood pressure checks.

Patients that are experiencing a medical emergency should not go to a walk-in centre but should go to a hospital Accident and Emergency department instead. There are other types of treatment that walk-in centres cannot offer. 

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

  • Anaphylaxis, this is a severe allergic reaction which can be life-threatening.
  • Serious and severe head injuries where the patient has become unconscious.
  • Emergency treatment for someone who is experiencing complications after an operation.
  • Treatment for someone who has become poisoned after accidentally drinking a toxic substance or chemicals.
  • Serious injuries caused by a car accident or road traffic accident.

We will now look at ways that medical negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre can affect patients in more detail.

Minor Injuries Unit Negligence

Patients can visit walk-in centres in Colchester, hospital minor injury units and minor injuries in urgent treatment centres to receive care. A minor injury is an injury that requires same-day medical attention but is not urgent enough to be treated at a hospital Accident & Emergency department.

Colchester walk-in centre clinical negligence can occur when a doctor or nurse is treating a patient for a minor injury. For example, the doctor may fail to spot the symptoms of a fractured bone and diagnose a sprain instead. This misdiagnosis means that the patient might not get referred for an x-ray and the necessary treatment. As a result, the patient may take longer to recover from their condition. 

Similarly, a patient may go to a walk-in centre with an open wound. If the wound is not cleaned and dressed correctly, the wound could become infected which can lead to further complications.

If you have had an experience of negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre, which led to you becoming ill, injured or your medical condition becoming worse you may have eligibility to claim compensation if you can prove the centre breached its duty of care.

Minor Illness Unit Negligence

Patients can also receive treatment for minor illnesses and infections at a Colchester walk-in centre. These are illnesses that need medical treatment but are not serious enough to be treated in hospital. 

Minor illnesses or infections that could be treated at a walk-in include the likes of bronchitis and other chest infections, throat infections, ear infections, skin rashes and gastrointestinal problems. 

If a doctor misdiagnoses certain minor illnesses or prescribes ineffective treatment the illness can worsen and become more severe. For example, if a patient is suffering from a urinary tract infection (UTI) which goes untreated this can become a kidney infection which can cause permanent damage to the kidneys.

If you can prove that you have experienced Colchester walk-in centre negligence when receiving treatment for a minor illness, you may be eligible to claim compensation for your injuries. 

Call Legal Expert and if you have proper grounds to make a compensation claim, we can provide you with a No Win No Fee lawyer to handle your case.

STI And Sexual Health Negligence

Essex Sexual Health Service in Harlow provides sexual health services such as pregnancy tests and Chlamydia screenings. The Essex Sexual Health Service does not offer a walk-in service. Patients have to pre-book appointments instead. 

Patients may go to a Colchester walk-in centre to receive treatment for a pregnancy or a sexual health-related condition instead.

Pregnancy-related clinical negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre can occur if the patient receives negligent pregnancy advice from a healthcare worker. If a patient is showing symptoms of a pregnancy-related medical condition such as gestational diabetes and a doctor fails to spot the potential symptoms of the condition and refer her to a specialist, this can lead to complications during childbirth.

Similarly, patients may go to a Colchester walk-in centre for the treatment of a sexually transmitted infection. If a doctor fails to spot the signs of an STI, or a blood test at a Colchester walk-in centre gives the wrong results, this means that the STI could go untreated and worsen over time. If an STI worsens the patient could become infertile, die or could unintentionally spread the STI to others.

If you can prove that you have suffered harm because of Colchester walk-in centre negligence when being treated for an STI, have received negligent sexual health advice or have experienced medical negligence during pregnancy, leading to birth injuries, you may be eligible to claim compensation. 

Call Legal Expert today for your free medical negligence consultation. If we can see that you are owed compensation, we can provide you with a skilled lawyer to handle your compensation claim.

Prescription And Medication Negligence

Patients can be harmed if a doctor makes a prescription error. A prescription error is a medication error made by a doctor when they prescribe medication to a patient. Some examples include:

  • The patient is prescribed a medication dosage which is too high. This could cause the patient to suffer a drug overdose.
  • The doctor prescribes the patient medication to the patient at a dosage that is too low to be effective. As a result, the patient may not get better, or their medical condition may worsen causing unnecessary harm.
  • The doctor writes out a prescription for the wrong medication and gives it to the patient. If a patient takes medication that is not suitable for them, they could experience unwanted side effects or become ill as a result.

If you can prove that you have suffered this type of medical negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre you may have legal grounds to claim compensation for your injuries. Call Legal Expert to enquire about claiming compensation for a medication error or a prescription error today.

Colchester Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Compensation Calculator

If you can prove that you have been harmed because of Colchester walk-in centre medical negligence, you may be owed compensation by your local NHS Trust or private healthcare provider. You may be anxious to know how much compensation you could be owed. Some people might use an online medical negligence claims calculator to work out their claim’s possible value, but this is not always accurate.

You can use the table below to estimate how much compensation you may be able to claim for your injuries. The amounts included in the table are based on guidelines from the Judicial College. The table below includes how much claimants can be awarded in general damages but not special damages.

Severity or level of injuryInjuryPossible SettlementNotes on the injury
Level BBladderUp to £132,040Injuries which cause the loss of function and / or control of the bladder.
Level EBowels£11,820 - £22,970A wound which penetrates the bowels. Wounds penetrating the bowels. There should be a recovery from this.
Level CReproductive System Injury - MaleUp to £132,04Causing sterility in a male claimant. The settlement will depend on how old the claimant is and if they have children.
Level AReproductive System Injury - Female£107,810 - £158,970Causing infertility in a female claimant and which also could lead to anxiety, pain and depression.
Level BReproductive System Injury - Female£31,950 - £95,850The 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 ASpleen£19,510 - £24,680An injury affecting the spleen, risking the person contracting an infection.
Severe InjuriesDislocated Thumb£3,710 - £6,360A severe form of dislocation injury.
FracturesFracture to the index finger£8,550 - £11,480Fractures or breaks which reduce the persons ability to use the finger, though it will have healed.
Moderate InjuriesToe Injuries - ModerateUp to £9,010A moderate form of injury to a toe.

Alternatively, for a personalised quote, you can call Legal Expert who will be happy to estimate how much medical negligence compensation you could claim based on your personal circumstances.

If your walk-in centre negligence claim is successful, your compensation package could consist of these two heads of claim:

  1. General damages: This is compensation to pay for the loss of amenity, suffering and pain that your injuries caused.
  2. Special damages: This is compensation to pay for any financial losses that you have experienced as a result of your injuries.

Your special damages compensation payout could include funds for any medical treatment you needed or may need in the future to recover from or manage your injuries. 

It could also include travel expenses, compensation for anyone who cared for you when you were injured or ill and reimbursement for any income you lost due to illness or injury. 

If you suffered life-changing injuries as a result of private healthcare or NHS walk-in centre negligence, you may be eligible to claim funds to pay for any mobility equipment or home adaptations you are now in need of.

Could I Make A No Win No Fee Colchester Walk-In Centre Medical Negligence Claim?

If you want to claim compensation for injuries brought about by Colchester walk-in centre negligence but are reluctant to pay solicitors fees upfront, you may wish to make a No Win No Fee claim. 

With this type of claim, claim you will sign a No Win No Fee agreement, also known as a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with your solicitor. A Conditional Fee Agreement means that in the event that you do not win your claim, you will not be required to pay your solicitor’s fee. 

If you do win, your solicitor will deduct a success fee from your solicitor and will deduct a small success fee from your compensation payout. The solicitor’s fee will be taken from your payout at a rate that is capped.

What are the advantages of making No Win No Fee claims:

  • There is no upfront solicitors fee to pay, making the claims process a more affordable option for many.
  • If your claim is not successful, you will not be charged a success fee (solicitors fee), greatly reducing the financial risk involved.

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If you want to claim compensation for your injuries, call Legal Expert today for your free medical negligence claims consultation. We will assess your case and if we can see that you are owed compensation, a skilled solicitor will be assigned to recover the compensation you deserve.

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Need More Help?

We hope this guide to claiming compensation for clinical negligence at a Colchester walk-in centre, has been helpful to you. If you wish to know more about making a medical negligence claim, please feel free to consult the following guides.

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