Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2015] All ER (D) 06 (Aug)
Neutral Citation: [2015] EWHC 2301 (QB)
Court: Queen's Bench Division

Judge Robinson (Sitting as a Judge of the High Court)

Representation Jeremy Pendlebury (instructed by Russell-Cooke LLP) for the claimant.
  Bradley Martin (instructed by Capsticks) for the defendant.
Judgment Dates: 31 July 2015


Negligence - Hospital - Receptionist - Injured claimant attending at defendant hospital but failing to wait for treatment/clinician - Claimant's condition deteriorating and claimant suffering impairment - Claimant seeking to bring negligence claim against defendants - Whether receptionist in hospital responsible for claimants decision to leave hospital and all decisions flowing from it.

The Case

Negligence Hospital. The Queen's Bench Division on the issue of liability in relation to an injury suffered by the claimant as a result of the alleged negligence of the actions of the receptionist at the Accident and Emergency of the defendant hospital held that ultimately, it was the claimant who had to take responsibility for the consequences of the decision to leave the A and E department and not the defendant by its reception staff.

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