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Wrong metal plates used for fractures

Wrong metal plates used for fractures

The NHS has said that the wrong metal plates may have been used for fractures.

Patients may have had the wrong metal plates put in to mend their broken bones.

It has come to light that at one trust a flexible metal plate has been used instead of a rigid one.

This has resulted in cases of further pain and suffering, and further surgery.

There are fears that this mistake has occurred elsewhere, in other hospital trusts.


The regulator is saying there is not any evidence to suggest this is the case at the moment.

How was this medical mistake discovered?

The design of the flexible reconstruction plate changed. The changes made it appear to look like the rigid plates.

7 people affected … so far

The trust affected (but not named) says 7 cases have come to light so far.

Details of 2 patients:

  1. Patient fell, and their plate buckled. Further surgery was needed to fix the problem.
  2. Patient suffered a plate failure during post-operative physio. Further surgery was also needed to fix the problem.

Melanie Lidstone-Land, head of medical negligence says,

“It seems unbelievable that in today’s world, with technology and medical advances, that this would be allowed to happen.

Unfortunately, medical mistakes are more common than you may realise.  The NHS is stretched and as a result, patients are suffering unnecessarily.”

What now?

Hospitals are being asked to review where plates have been used since February 2018.

Dr Aidan Fowler, National Director for Patient Safety, says that patients need not be alarmed, and their hospital will contact them if they are affected.

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