At Thompson’s we would like to reassure all our clients that as far as possible we are operating as normal. The health and safety of our staff and clients is our primary concern during this outbreak and as such we are reviewing the situation on a regular basis and will be adapting our working practices following government guidelines. However, we have had to make some minor changes to how we are doing things.

Following Government guidelines, we have temporarily closed all of our offices and our staff are now all working from home using secure technologies to ensure they are able to continue to progress with existing and new cases as normal. All face to face meetings have been cancelled, however we are continuing to hold these meetings via phone and video calls. All the team are contactable on their direct dial numbers and email should you need to speak with your solicitor, please do not hesitate to talk to us about anything during this time.

We know these are uncertain and unsettling times for many of our clients, and the wider population, and things might look a little different for the foreseeable future. But our focus remains on our dedication, knowledge and strength that we provide to all our clients. We will continue to provide updates over the coming days and weeks in accordance with official guidelines and to keep everyone informed of the situation.

As always, for any concerns, advice and updates on your case; Talk to Thompsons.

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The families and victims infected with Hepatitis C and HIV from NHS transfusions took the rare step of reading out a statement immediately prior to the start of the Penrose Inquiry into scandal. 

Their solicitor Patrick McGuire of Thompsons solicitors said that the victims totally respected Lord Penrose’s decision not to hear opening statements and to go straight into hearing evidence from witnesses.

Thompsons Solicitors Senior Partner Frank Maguire and hepatitis campaigner Philip Dolan have called for an urgent meeting with Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon, following Andrew Lansley’s announcement of additional support for Hepatitis C victims in England.

Thompsons Solicitors Partner, Patrick McGuire has expressed serious concerns about new figures which reveal a 24% increase in the number of working-age adults diagnosed with the deadly C-Diff hospital bug.

Patrick McGuire, Partner Thompsons Personal Injury SolicitorsThompsons partner Patrick McGuire has criticised management at Ninewells Hospital for not learning the lessons of a fatal outbreak of C-Diff, after inspectors criticised current hygiene and infection control procedures.

The lawyer who represents the families of the 18 victims of the Vale of Leven outbreak of C-Diff has slammed Scotland’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ hospitals for failing to meet cleanliness standards designed to prevent another outbreak of the killer bug.

Patrick McGuire of Thompsons Solicitors was speaking after Susan Brimelow the chief inspector of Scotland’s Healthcare Environment Inspectorate revealed that a dozen of the country’s top hospitals failed inspection visits.

Thompsons Solicitors Partner Patrick McGuire who represents the families at the public inquiry into the deaths of 18 victims of the C-Diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital, has joined criticism of cleanliness standards at Wishaw General Hospital. 

Chris Gordon, Partner of Thompson’s Solicitors in Aberdeen has criticised Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital for failing to do enough to step up hygiene controls, 15 months after an outbreak of maggots forced the closure of three operating theatres.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has confirmed that two more patients have contracted the Clostridium Difficile (C-Diff) bug at Gartnavel General Hospital in Glasgow.

The latest cases bring to seven the number of patients infected in the outbreak.

A ward in Glasgow’s Gartnavel Hospital has been closed to new patients following the deaths of two people in an outbreak of the C-Diff super bug.

The two patients who died were among five infected by clostridium difficile at the hospital.

An inquiry into the outbreak of clostridium difficile has commenced in Glasgow. 55 patients developed C-Diff, leaving 18 dead at the Vale of Leven Hospital between December 2007 and June 2008. The outbreak was directly blamed for nine deaths and a major factor in nine others.

The inquiry into the deadly C-Diff outbreak was instigated by Health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon. The Rt Hon Lord MacLean chairs the inquiry and the official remit includes investigating the circumstances that contributed to the outbreak, the systems that the hospital had in place to prevent or reduce it from spreading and also how patients and their families were treated during the outbreak.
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