Investigating The Negligent Vascular Surgery at

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Hospitals

Your Path to Justice

At Patient Claim Line, we know the substantial impact of negligent vascular surgery on patients’ lives. When trust in medical professionals is broken, we are here to help you seek justice and ensure those who are responsible are held to account, for outcomes which could have been prevented.

Our team of expert medical negligence solicitors are committed to fighting claims relating to vascular surgery performed at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board which took place between 2017 and 2023.

The RCSE Report

In July 2021, the Royal College of Surgeons England (RCSE) compiled an in-depth examination which included 44 clinical records linked to vascular surgery, acting on behalf of Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB). The findings were eye-opening and alarming. The RCSE released their report in January 2022, which shed light on critical findings and recommendations.


Have you experienced any of the following?

  • Inadequate record-keeping during your treatment?
  • A lack of necessary follow-up and aftercare plans?
  • Uncertainty about the quality of care you received?


Which hospitals do the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board cover?

Conwy and Denbigshire:

  • Glan Clwyd Hospital (another hospital my client seen at)
  • Abergele Hospital
  • Colwyn Bay Hospital
  • Denbigh Hospital
  • Llandudno General Hospital
  • Royal Alexandra
  • Ruthin Hospital

Gwynedd and Anglesey:

  • Ysbyty Gwynedd
  • Ysbyty Alltwen
  • Bryn Beryl Hospital
  • Cefni Hospital
  • Dolgellau and Barmouth Hospital
  • Ysbyty Eryri
  • Tywyn Hospital
  • Ysbyty Penrhos Stnaley

Wrexham and Flintshire:

  • Wrexham Maelor Hospital
  • Deeside Community Hospital
  • Chirk Hospital
  • Holywell Hospital
  • Mold Hospital

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As a patient, you expect to receive the very best care and guidance throughout your treatment. When this doesn’t happen, it can have severe effects on your health, condition, and your future treatment options. You don’t have to navigate this challenging journey alone.


Your Well-being Is Our Priority

At Patient Claim Line, we are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of medical care and ensuring accountability. Your well-being is our top priority, and we stand by your side throughout the legal process.

Key allegations

Quality and Consistency of Care: The report questioned the quality and consistency of care provided to patients.

Record Keeping: Inadequate record-keeping practices were identified, potentially jeopardising patient safety

Patient Records Review: The Health Board was urged to review comments within certain clinical records, alongside their local information, to determine if patient episodes of care contained the expected information

Follow-up and Aftercare: The report recommended scrutiny of the presence of necessary and appropriate follow-up and aftercare plans for numerous patients

What are the next steps?

If you think you may have been impacted by negligent vascular surgery at one of the hospitals covered by the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, our expert medical negligence solicitors are here to assist you. We offer: • A free, confidential, and no-obligation case assessment. • Compassionate guidance on your legal options. We are committed to helping you understand your rights and choices. Let us be your partners on the path to justice. Contact Us Today for your free case assessment.

Have you been impacted?

If you or a loved one received treatment in a vascular services department at one of the hospitals covered within the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and suspect that you may have been affected by substandard care, you have the right to seek answers and justice. You can contact our team who will be able to offer a Free case assessment and give you options of what to do next and how we can support you. We totally understand that this is a time when things can be uncertain which is why we work on a No Win, No Fee basis which means there’s no financial risk to you and nothing to pay upfront or if we lose your case.

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Our team of experts will support you all the way

Our Group Actions team is led by Christian Beadell and Francesca Paul. They are supported by Sion Wynne, and a dedicated team of talented medical negligence solicitors. The team forms part of a wider medical negligence department, with Peter Rigby at the helm. Our Group Actions team specialises in bringing forward collective clinical negligence claims for defective medical equipment, and have a track record of successfully securing compensation for our clients.

Peter Rigby

Peter Rigby
Director of Medical Negligence

Peter leads the Medical Negligence Serious Injury department, which now boasts some of our most knowledgeable, dedicated and hardworking team members.

Peter is dedicated to supporting victims of catastrophic medical negligence injuries and endeavours to provide a clear and coherent approach to claims. He recognises the effects serious injuries can have and therefore ensures his customers’ need for support is met. Peter also has a vast amount of experience working with customers who have been injured abroad and is able to act under international law to provide the best outcomes.

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Christian Beadell

Christian Beadell
Partner, Head of Strategy and Legal Operations

Christian is Head of Medical Negligence at Patient Claim Line and has specialised in clinical negligence claims since qualifying in 1998; having dealt with a wide variety of claims throughout his career. He is also featured in the Legal 500 as a recommended claimant solicitor in the North West.

Christian qualified as a solicitor in 1998, specialising in clinical negligence. From 2010 onward he has had a particular interest in gynaecological and urogynaecological claims, having represented several hundred claimants in the George Rowland Litigation against the Liverpool Women’s and Aintree Hospitals. This investigated the treatment given to women in the Merseyside area over several decades, and in particular focused on the introduction and development of mesh into the UK in both the treatment of stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. The development of this area involved pursuing claims under a unique ADR protocol with the NHS and also looking to develop the current thinking on the valuation of compensation for complex urinary symptoms. He has successfully recovered hundreds of thousands of pounds in compensation on behalf of my clients.

Christian was also involved in setting up and chairing a Claimant Support Group for those involved in the Rowland litigation, which provided a discussion forum for the many women who were left isolated and damaged by negligent gynaecological treatment. He now co-ordinates the firm’s mesh claims and has delivered training and commented extensively on the medico-legal implications of urogynaecological / mesh complications. He is a member of APIL, Liverpool Law Society and Legal 500 recommended.

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Francesca Paul

Francesca Paul
Associate Solicitor

Francesca Paul is an Associate, Senior Solicitor and Team Leader within the Clinical Negligence Department.  She is one of the driving Solicitors in the Group Litigation Team dealing with this niche and specialist area of work that Fletchers undertakes.   

Francesca previously worked in Nottingham, dealing with Group Action work.  She now works at Fletchers, bringing with her those years of experience heading up a team of 10 people.  Francesca is involved in the early identification of potential new Group Litigation Work and analyses information from the collective pool of new enquiries into the business, of which there are hundreds per week looking for hot spots or recurrent issues which might suggest a potential pool of Claimants.   

One of the highlights for Francesca and her team is that they have successfully recovered over a million pounds in compensation for clients who have received treatment from a single orthopaedic surgeon who was operating in the Colchester area.  Her role requires a specific set of skills, patience and a forensic approach to detail whilst being able to see the wider picture.   

Francesca has previously acted for a claimant in a case that reached the Supreme Court in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council. 

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Sion Wynne

Sion Wynne
Senior Solicitor

Sion is a team leader and senior solicitor with many years’ experience in dealing with a wide range of medical specialisms and different types of injuries. He is an experienced medical negligence solicitor and manages a team of lawyers within our department.

Sion joined Fletchers in 2018 as a Team Leader in the Medical Negligence Department. Throughout his 24 year legal career, he has specialised in conducting medical negligence claims on behalf of Claimants, previously working for other highly ranked leading firms in the field.

He has undertaken claims covering the full spectrum of medical specialisms, clinical settings, categories of defendant and types of negligent medical care and treatment.
These include high value and complex maximum severity cases, such as those involving limb amputations and permanent neurological injuries.

Sion is experienced at representing bereaved families at inquests and has a particular interest in fatal accident claims.


Notable Cases

JI v Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Trust: £1.25m recovered for client left paraplegic after spinal anaesthesia.

RS v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £150,000 recovered for client in respect of a failure to recognise complications after a kidney transplant, where her father was the donor.

JN v MA: £100,000 recovered for a client who suffered 2 years persistent pain and disability after knee replacement surgery undertaken as a private patient.

CS v Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust: £400,000 recovered for a child who sustained Erb’s palsy during her delivery.

WO’C (Deceased) v Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; £450,000 recovered for the family of the deceased who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing a brain tumour.


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