PERFORMANCE: A consultant’s misreading of notes has contributed to a £100,000 settlement to a patient at Queen Victoria Hospital Foundation Trust.

The patient had had treatment for basal cell carcinoma – a type of skin cancer – in 2009 but the area around one carcinoma was not completely excised and had a margin of 2mm. A letter to the patient’s GP said that both carcinomas had been completely excised, a board paper reports.

Two years later reoccurrence was suspected and the patient had surgery and also radiotherapy. A report to the trust’s board says ‘it is clear from the notes and the consultant’s statement that they misread the 2009 histology report’ and a settlement of £100,000 was paid by the NHS Litigation Authority, along with an apology by the trust.