Man Goes Into Hospital For Minor Surgery, Is Given Accidental Vasectomy

Oh God. Via The Liverpool Echo.

1. Oops.

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The Liverpool Echo has the exclusive that a man undergoing a minor operation at Royal Liverpool Hospital in February was given a vasectomy by mistake.

Doctors have tried to reverse the mistake but the victim now faces an anxious wait to see if he will be able to have children. He has not been identified.

According to reports, the error could cost the trust in excess of £100,000 in compensation.

2. Dr Peter Williams, the trust’s medical director, told the paper:


We can confirm a patient who was scheduled to have a different minor urological procedure was wrongly given a vasectomy.

We have apologised unreservedly to the patient and we are offering him our full support. We greatly regret the distress this has caused him.

3. He described the incident as a “never event”.


These are defined by NHS England as “serious, largely preventable patient safety incidents that should not occur if the available preventative measures have been implemented”.

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