PERFOMANCE: Two serious untoward incidents were reported at Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust in April. In one, being treated as a never event, an incision was made to the wrong side of the mouth but this was spotted before surgery commenced.

The second involved an accusation of harm to an individual, dating back to the 1980s, and the police have been informed.

The trust has also investigated an incident where a consultant used a personal device to record surgery. A report to the board says that the patient would have had little opportunity or time to consider the request for this and the trust has already has arrangements for filing surgery, when appropriate. The matter has been raised with the clinician concerned, the report added.