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Kay's Story: £13,000 compensation for unnecessary surgery at Basildon University Hospital

Kay's Story: £13,000 compensation for unnecessary surgery at Basildon University Hospital

Our client Kay* received £13,000 damages after having unnecessary surgery to treat an ovarian cyst at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Kay developed an ovarian cyst and was told that she needed surgery to remove the cyst and ovary.  She consented to have this surgery and underwent the expected operation at Basildon University Hospital. 

Following the surgery she was told that the cyst had merely been drained and nothing had been removed.  A few months later the ovarian cyst returned and she had to undergo a second operation at Basildon University Hospital to have the cyst and ovary removed.  

Kay contacted Longden Walker and Renney because she was concerned about the treatment she had received at Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust.  

Her medical records were obtained and an independent medical opinion was sought from a Consultant Gynaecologist.  This evidence confirmed that the surgery to merely drain the cyst was unnecessary and was never a viable form of treatment for the ovarian cyst.  The surgery to drain the cyst was only ever going to be a very temporary fix.  If the cyst and ovary had been removed in the first operation she would have avoided the need to undergo the second operation and would have recovered much quicker.

Based on this evidence a letter of claim was forwarded to Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Trust.  After consideration of the allegations the Defendant NHS Trust admitted fault. Negotiations were entered into and a settlement of £13,000 was agreed.

Kay was happy with the settlement and confirmed that she was glad to have settled her claim without having to go to Court.

As part of the settlement agreement, Kay’s legal costs and expenses were paid by the Defendant NHS Trust.

 If, like Kay, you have suffered an injury due to unnecessary surgery, it is important that you obtain expert legal advice as soon as possible.  

 Do not hesitate to contact Andrew Burford by email at or call us on 0191 5666 500.  Alternatively, fill in our short enquiry form and one of our specialist solicitors will be in touch.


*Kay is a fictional name for a real client, used to protect her anonymity.