GP to pay $235K to patient after failed excision repair

A young woman ended up with a gangrenous scalp after a skin flap repair failed

A GP has been ordered to pay $235,000 in damages to a patient who required a hair transplant after a failed scalp flap repair resulted in full-thickness skin loss and alopecia.

The 36-year-old woman had seen the doctor in November 2013 complaining of scarring on the top of her head following removal of a nodular BCC about three months earlier.

He diagnosed residual BCC in the excision scar and recommended she urgently undergo further excision and revision and repair via a V Y flap skin graft.

The GP went ahead with the procedure