Cover-up denied after hand op mix-up
A senior nurse at a hospital trust allegedly told a colleague to keep quiet about a surgeon who operated on the wrong finger of a patient, a tribunal has heard.
Case presenter Michael Collis told the hearing Rachel Sansbury, head of nursing for the surgical division at Lancashire Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, told a member of staff that revealing that the surgeon had a condition affecting his co-ordination could stop him operating.
After the incident in 2014, Mrs Sansbury was allegedly told the surgeon “did not know his right from his left” and had been diagnosed with dyspraxia.
Mrs Sansbury is accused of a further four charges of asking colleagues to conceal or misrepresent information. She denies all of the charges.