We recently blogged about the concerning story that more than 600 past and present students at the University of Derby are being contacted after it was found that syringe barrels were being reused between students. This catastrophic error made by one particular individual at the university means hundreds are now going to need tests to find out if they have contracted HIV or Hepatitis B and C from the potentially contaminated syringe barrels.
Whilst we must remember that the risk of contracting anything is deemed as extremely low, it doesn’t change the fact that students and their families face months of worry and concern that will no doubt have a huge impact on their lives. How this has happened is shocking – and many tests that are needed to identify viruses like HIV and Hepatitis carry with them a significant waiting period for the results to be determined.
What does this mean for students?
It means, potentially, months of worry until results are confirmed as to whether you are in the clear or not. Again, reports suggest the risk is extremely low, but that does not change the fact that hundreds of students will face months of concern over whether they have contracted a life altering and deadly virus.
It goes without saying that this could be far more widespread as well – if anyone has contracted anything, they may have already inadvertently passed something along to someone else.
Further investigations with the university have identified increased numbers that may have been put at risk.
What should I do if I’m affected?
If you have been contacted by letter you should follow the advice for testing as soon as possible. Even if you are in the clear, which hopefully you are, you may be entitled to take legal action for the concern and worry it may cause.
We specialise in what are sometimes known as the unusual case types, and we also specialise in the areas of clinical negligence and are experienced with group action proceedings. The priority of course is seeking advice from the university and their care line which is 03330 142 479.
For legal advice, contact us on 0800 634 75 75.
Are you affected?
More than 600 students from 2005 may have been put at risk in the following courses:
- MA Art Therapy
- MA Drama Therapy
- MSc Occupational Therapy / BSc Occupational Therapy
- BSc Diagnostic Radiography
- BSc Nursing – adult and mental health
- Adv Dip in Nurse Studies
Have you received a letter and need to go for testing? If so, we want to hear from you. Contact us on the number above or click here to make an enquiry for a call back.
IMPORTANT: advice on this page is intended to be up-to-date for the 'first published date'.