Hypnotherapist suing hospital over car park fall

Southend Standard: Fall: Southend Hospital Fall: Southend Hospital

A FORMER nurse is suing Southend Hospital for damages of up to £25,000 amid claims she fractured her shoulder after tripping over a broken parking barrier.

Pauline Fowles, 55, a hypnotherapist who runs Reveal Hypnotherapy, based in Pitsea Leisure Centre, claims the hospital was negligent by leaving the metal barrier knocked over flat and sticking out of a parking bay.

Miss Fowles, of Rokescroft, Pitsea, who was a Basildon Hospital nurse for 25 years before retiring through ill health from diabetes, has filed papers at Southend County Court.

They state: “The claimant sustained a comminuted, intra-articular fracture of the head and neck of the left shoulder.

“The claimant has ongoing symptoms of pain and loss of function in her left shoulder.”

Miss Fowles, who helps people beat stress and anger and give up smoking, says in the claim she was injured after falling over the barrier on her way to visit a friend, who was in the Cardigan Ward, after parking in the car park.

Southend Standard:

Fractured shoulder: Pauline Fowles

She alleges the hospital trust was negligent because it did not repair the barrier or put up any warning signs or barriers to limit the risk of people tripping over it.

The hospital has yet to file a defence to the allegations surrounding the fall said to have happened on or around January 27, 2010.

The case was adjourned for trial in September at which Christopher McCullough, a consultant orthopedic surgeon, will give evidence for her.

Sue Hardy, chief nurse at Southend Hospital, said: “We would like to sincerely apologise to Miss Fowles for the distress caused by the injuries she sustained.

“The hospital has admitted liability and the National Health Service Litigation Authority (NHSLA) is currently in negotiations with Miss Fowles’s representatives.”

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9:06am Tue 15 Jul 14

John Right says...

Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever.
Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever. John Right
  • Score: 34

9:08am Tue 15 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Open you flippin eyes!
Open you flippin eyes! w-jback
  • Score: 29

9:13am Tue 15 Jul 14

Nebs says...

Should have gone to specsavers
Should have gone to specsavers Nebs
  • Score: 23

9:37am Tue 15 Jul 14

DCLEIGH says...

Well, at least she will be proud to have ensured at least one other nurse is sacked because of lack of money (Wonder why she left her previous job).
Well, at least she will be proud to have ensured at least one other nurse is sacked because of lack of money (Wonder why she left her previous job). DCLEIGH
  • Score: 37

10:03am Tue 15 Jul 14

Happy Chickie says...

DCLEIGH wrote:
Well, at least she will be proud to have ensured at least one other nurse is sacked because of lack of money (Wonder why she left her previous job).
Retired because of diabetes.

Perhaps she needs a top up until the pension kicks in.
[quote][p][bold]DCLEIGH[/bold] wrote: Well, at least she will be proud to have ensured at least one other nurse is sacked because of lack of money (Wonder why she left her previous job).[/p][/quote]Retired because of diabetes. Perhaps she needs a top up until the pension kicks in. Happy Chickie
  • Score: 14

10:54am Tue 15 Jul 14

TrustMeIKnow says...

The hospital has accepted liability! That's why so many people get payouts, the NHS can't be bothered to fight cases when people are just after a quick buck! Tripped, well open your eyes!!!
The hospital has accepted liability! That's why so many people get payouts, the NHS can't be bothered to fight cases when people are just after a quick buck! Tripped, well open your eyes!!! TrustMeIKnow
  • Score: 26

10:55am Tue 15 Jul 14

Touch79 says...

Just watch where you're walking, it's not difficult really is it?
Just watch where you're walking, it's not difficult really is it? Touch79
  • Score: 17

4:43pm Tue 15 Jul 14

SLord90 says...

Look where you are bloody walking!! What people would do for money is unbelievable!
Look where you are bloody walking!! What people would do for money is unbelievable! SLord90
  • Score: 12

7:26pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Nelly99 says...

Agree with all the comments. Pathetic attempt to extort money from an ailing NHS. The sue me sue you culture proliferates. I almost sued myself the other day.
Agree with all the comments. Pathetic attempt to extort money from an ailing NHS. The sue me sue you culture proliferates. I almost sued myself the other day. Nelly99
  • Score: 11

7:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Maddogg says...

John Right wrote:
Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever.
How can a hypnotherapist hypnotise herself. Two completely different careers.
Kn%b
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever.[/p][/quote]How can a hypnotherapist hypnotise herself. Two completely different careers. Kn%b Maddogg
  • Score: -9

10:30pm Tue 15 Jul 14

sesibollox says...

Nelly99 wrote:
Agree with all the comments. Pathetic attempt to extort money from an ailing NHS. The sue me sue you culture proliferates. I almost sued myself the other day.
Hope it is proved in court, take her pension and possessions to pay her costs, bloody idiot, perhaps she could look in the mirror and hypnotise herself to believe she is attractive...
[quote][p][bold]Nelly99[/bold] wrote: Agree with all the comments. Pathetic attempt to extort money from an ailing NHS. The sue me sue you culture proliferates. I almost sued myself the other day.[/p][/quote]Hope it is proved in court, take her pension and possessions to pay her costs, bloody idiot, perhaps she could look in the mirror and hypnotise herself to believe she is attractive... sesibollox
  • Score: 15

8:27am Wed 16 Jul 14

Thames Gateway says...

She didn't mind the NHS treating her shoulder injuries successfully (and no doubt spending scarce NHS resources on this) it would seem.
She didn't mind the NHS treating her shoulder injuries successfully (and no doubt spending scarce NHS resources on this) it would seem. Thames Gateway
  • Score: 4

9:00am Wed 16 Jul 14

w-jback says...

Maddogg wrote:
John Right wrote:
Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever.
How can a hypnotherapist hypnotise herself. Two completely different careers.
Kn%b
Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.
[quote][p][bold]Maddogg[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: Perhaps she could hypnotise herself in the mirror, to 1) make the memory disappear, 2) make her think she is clever.[/p][/quote]How can a hypnotherapist hypnotise herself. Two completely different careers. Kn%b[/p][/quote]Hypnotherapy is a form of psychotherapy used to create subconscious change in a patient in the form of new responses, thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or feelings. It is undertaken with a subject in hypnosis.[1] w-jback
  • Score: 0
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