Nurse leaves message for NHS on deathbed after cervical cancer missed six times


A dying nurse has hit out at NHS bosses after a number of possibilities to diagnose her cervical most cancers had been missed.

Mom-of-two Julie O’Connor was finally discovered to have the illness by a non-public gynaecologist, three years after a 2014 smear check gave her the all clear. 

An impartial evaluate of that preliminary discovering was later proven to have indicators of cervical most cancers and her husband Kevin stated there have been six checks, biopsies and examinations in whole, the place the most cancers may have been caught

In a video recorded three days earlier than she died at St Peter’s Hospice in Bristol, Julie who labored for the NHS for 13 years, stated: “It’s disgusting I’ve been struggling the best way I’ve and I proceed to undergo.”

Sitting alongside her Kevin stated that the message is meant for workers and senior administrators who missed her prognosis, and to make sure a repeat of the errors isn’t allowed to occur.


“We maintain them absolutely accountable,” he stated. “The pathologist and the gynaecologist, who had a number of alternatives to intervene, I maintain them accountable, and I do maintain the board of administrators at North Bristol Belief accountable. They put me and Julie by this.”

The household at the moment are calling for a wider evaluate of screening and diagnostics on the belief, in addition to its course of for managing complaints from households.

“Nobody individual will be that unfortunate,” Kevin stated. “To have a misdiagnosed smear, missed biopsies and all these medical examinations and we’re speaking senior members of workers. There must be an impartial public inquiry – that’s the solely approach we’re going to resolve it.”

The belief stated it has commissioned an impartial evaluate of its investigation into Ms O’Connor’s care.

“We’re extraordinarily sorry to listen to that Ms O’Connor has died,” stated Dr Chris Burton, North Bristol NHS Belief medical director. “Now we have her household in our ideas at this very troublesome time and we ship our deepest condolences. We’re dedicated to understanding the total circumstances of the care we offered so we are able to enhance our providers for the long run, and we might be publicly open with the general findings of the impartial investigation we have now commissioned.

“I’ve met with Mr O’Connor and can stay in touch with him.”

Girls aged 25 to 49 are invited for cervical most cancers screening each three years, however uptake of the check is at a report low of 71 per cent.

The NHS is at present reviewing most cancers screening throughout the NHS, following a Nationwide Audit Workplace report which discovered two thirds of ladies waited too lengthy for smear check outcomes.

Girls aged between 25 and 49 are invited for screening each three years, rising to each 5 years for girls aged 50 to 64.

However a Nationwide Audit Workplace report earlier this month discovered that only a third of sufferers obtained their check outcomes throughout the beneficial two weeks, with some left ready an agonising 4 months.

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