Southmead Hospital cervical cancer exploration ‘too small’


Julie O'Connor

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Julie O’Connor died from cervical cancer on 4 February

The bereaved family of a helper regularly given a all-clear for cervical cancer contend she wanted “nobody else to humour as she had”.

Julie O’Connor, 49, died on 4 February, after her condition was missed several times during Bristol’s Southmead Hospital.

Days before her death, she said: “It’s outrageous we have been pang a approach we have and we continue to suffer.”

North Bristol NHS Trust pronounced an eccentric hearing of her caring would start this month.

Her family are fighting for a wider exploration into her box and contend it was her failing wish that they continue to quarrel for other women who might have been affected.

Mrs O’Connor had a cervical allegation exam in Sep 2014 that came behind as negative.

Doctors during Southmead pronounced she had another condition famous as a cervical ectropion. She was eventually diagnosed 3 years after by a private consultant.

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She was eventually diagnosed 3 years after carrying a allegation exam in 2014

Speaking before her death, Mrs O’Connor pronounced she was “horrified” during a border of her cancer when she went for a private hearing and a consultant found a 4.5cm tumour.

“Within 30 seconds of being examined he told me it was cervical cancer,” she said.

“He couldn’t even get a camera into a womb, it was totally blocked.

“If it had been held during a beginning, it would have been a elementary procedure, during many substantially a hysterectomy and it would have all been fine.”

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The family sued North Bristol NHS Trust, that certified guilt and offering damages.

Her father Kevin, from Thornbury, pronounced he believed other cases of cervical cancer in women might have been missed.

He said: “One of a final things Julie pronounced was that she didn’t wish this to occur to anybody else.

“I’ve asked a coroners if they would cruise an inquiry, not only into Julie’s caring though behind to 2014 to be certain this doesn’t have to occur to anyone else, and if there are other victims.”

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O’Connor family

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Mrs O’Connor had been an complete caring nurse, a propagandize helper and a helper in a private sector

Mr O’Connor pronounced that notwithstanding her final unpleasant year, his mom was “always happy, always smiling”.

“We knew what was going to occur so we focused on a adore and a delight and spent that final year with a family around us.”

Their daughter Sophie, 22, pronounced her mom had never complained or “allowed us to feel contemptible for ourselves”.

She said: “She was unequivocally ardent about women removing their allegation tests and she knew that we always have a tummy instinct and if we feel something is wrong with your body, we should try and get it checked and if a alloy says you’re fine, if we feel something’s wrong, we should trust yourself.”

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O’Connor family

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The family are fighting for a wider exploration into a case

Mr O’Connor pronounced he also had concerns about a hospital’s review.

“It’s not eccentric since they wrote a terms of reference, a range is really limited,” he said.

“They’re looking during doing a hearing from Jul 2017.

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O’Connor family

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Mr O’Connor pronounced his mom was “always happy, always smiling”

“The private sanatorium lifted a red dwindle in Mar 2017 though this happened in 2014 so we do need to go right behind to when it was misdiagnosed.”

The trust’s medical executive Dr Chris Burton said: “We are committed to bargain a full resources of a caring we supposing so we can urge a services for a future.”

He combined a trust would be “publicly open with a altogether commentary of a eccentric review we have commissioned”.


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