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Nurse suing NHS Tayside for slip that broke her wrist

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A nurse at Ninewells Hospital is suing NHS Tayside after she slipped and broke her wrist. 42-year-old Verita Roach had been working at the hospital as a theatre nurse in the maternity block when the accident happened. She had been moving between emergency operations, pushing a trolley of used surgical equipment into another room to be cleaned, when she slipped and fell. She suffered a severe fracture to her left wrist.

The hospital’s cleaning procedures are currently being investigated, but the hospital said that cleaning regimes have to be scheduled in somewhere to ensure that surgical conditions are safe. Lawyers representing Ms Roach said that cleaning procedures also have to take staff’s safety into account.

“Our investigations are on-going”

NHS Tayside is not accepting liability for the incident, yet a hearing for the case is scheduled to take place in May. It is believed that compensation may be agreed before then. Because the case is in its early stages, it is not known how much workplace accident compensation Ms Roach is due. In monetary value, however, £5,000 is the maximum paid out for Court of Session Claims. 

Ms Roach is now a nurse in Australia and was not reached for comment. NHS Tayside also declined comment on the case. Lawyers representing Ms Roach said:

“We have raised an action in this case and our investigations are ongoing. As the matter is before the court, we cannot comment further at this stage.”

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