Never Events

Preventable incidents during hospital treatment are called ‘never events’, in other words events that should never happen. Unfortunately they do and the NHS is hoping new transparency will reduced the number of incidents by insisting each NHS Trust publish details every three months about their never events.

If you have suffered from an injury from any other the never event types listed below you may be able to claim medical negligence.

Types of never event are number 1-25 and are listed:

wrong site surgery wrong implant/prosthesis retained foreign object post-operation wrongly prepared high-risk injectable medication maladministration of potassium-containing solutions wrong route administration of chemotherapy wrong route administration of oral/enteral treatment intravenous administration of epidural medication maladministration of Insulin overdose of midazolam during conscious sedation opioid overdose of an opioid-naive patient inappropriate administration of daily oral methotrexate suicide using non-collapsible rails escape of a transferred prisoner falls from unrestricted windows entrapment in bedrails transfusion of ABO-incompatible blood components transplantation of ABO-incompatible organs as a result of error misplaced naso- or oro-gastric tubes wrong gas administered failure to monitor and respond to oxygen saturation air embolism misidentification of patients severe scalding of patients maternal death due to post partum haemorrhage after elective Caesarean section. The most common type of never event is surgery to the wrong site.

During the period 2009 – 2012 750 patients suffered injury because of never event negligence.

  • Never Events by Trust – How does your hospital fare?

    • Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Ashford and St Peter's NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust 1
    • Barking Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust 7
    • Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust 4
    • Barnsley Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Barts & The London NHS Trust 8
    • Barts Health NHS Trust 11
    • Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • Berkshire West PCT 1
    • Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Birmingham Women's NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Bolton 1
    • Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Brighton & Hove City PCT 1
    • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust 6
    • Bromley PCT - Provider 1
    • Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 5
    • Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Calderdale Independent/Non NHS Providers 1
    • Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 8
    • Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Chelsea & Westminster Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 9
    • Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • City Hospital Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Cornwall Independent Treatment Centre 1
    • Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust 1
    • Croydon Health Services NHS Trust 8
    • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Dartford & Gravesham NHS Trust 4
    • Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Doncaster & Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Ealing Hospital NHS Trust 4
    • East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust 4
    • East Cheshire NHS Trust 2
    • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 1
    • East London NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 7
    • Eastern and Coastal Kent PCT - Independent Provider 4
    • Emerson's Green Treatment Centre 1
    • Epsom & St Helier NHS Trust 5
    • Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust 4
    • Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 9
    • Great Ormond Street Hospital Children NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust 15
    • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Harbour Hospital 1
    • Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust 8
    • Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Hertfordshire PCT 1
    • Hillingdon PCT 1
    • Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust 5
    • Homerton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Hull & East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 10
    • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust 11
    • Independent Provider Organisations Bradford & Airedale 2
    • Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust 1
    • Isle of Wight NHS Trust 4
    • James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 10
    • Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Kingston Hospital NHS Trust 4
    • Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust 6
    • Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust 2
    • Lister Surgicentre (Clinicentre Ltd) 1
    • Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust 7
    • Medway NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust 11
    • Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust 1
    • Middlesbrough PCT 1
    • Milton Keynes General NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS FoundationTrust 4
    • Newham University Hospital NHS Trust 1
    • NHS Norfolk 3
    • NHS South East Essex 1
    • NHS West Essex 1
    • Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Norfolk PCT 1
    • North Bristol NHS Trust 6
    • North East Essex PCT 1
    • North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust 6
    • North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • North West London Hospitals NHS Trust 5
    • North West London sector 1
    • Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust 5
    • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust 4
    • Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust 13
    • Nottinghamshire County PCT - Provider 1
    • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust 1
    • Nuffield Health - Exeter Hospital 1
    • Nuffield Hospital Leeds 1
    • Outer London North East sector 1
    • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust 5
    • Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Partnerships in Care 1
    • Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 6
    • Pennine Care 1
    • Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust 14
    • Plymouth Independent Treatment Centre 1
    • Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust 5
    • Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 1
    • Queen Elizabeth Hospital – King’s Lynn - NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS FT 3
    • Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust 6
    • Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust 2
    • Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust 4
    • Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust 9
    • Scarborough & North East Yorkshire NHS Trust 3
    • Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • Shepton Mallet Treatment Centre 1
    • Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust 9
    • Somerset Primary Care Trust 1
    • South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • South London Healthcare NHS Trust 7
    • South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • South Tyneside Healthcare NHS Trust 1
    • South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • South West Yorkshire partnership NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Southampton City PCT (Moorgreen) 1
    • Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 6
    • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Southport & Ormskirk NHS Trust 5
    • St George's Healthcare NHS Trust 8
    • St Helen's & Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust 1
    • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Stoke on Trent Community Health Services 1
    • Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust 2
    • Surrey PCT - Independent Provider 3
    • Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • The Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • The Manor Hospital, Oxford 1
    • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust 8
    • The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn NHS Trust 2
    • The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust 10
    • The Royal Marsden Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 2
    • The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust 10
    • The Winfield Hospital 1
    • Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust* 1
    • United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust 12
    • University Hospitals Morcambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 5
    • University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • University Hospital of Bristol NHS Foundation Trust 4
    • University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust 7
    • University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust 7
    • University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust 6
    • University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust 12
    • Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust 3
    • Warrington & Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust 11
    • West Kent PCT 1
    • West Middlesex University NHS Trust 3
    • West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust 5
    • Weston Area Health Trust 4
    • Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust 7
    • Whittington Hospital NHS Trust 5
    • Wiltshire Primary Care Trust 1
    • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 1
    • Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust 4
    • Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust 3
    • York Hospitals NHS Trust 2
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