Patient wins appeal over wrong diagnosis in discharge summary

Busselton Hospital in WA was cleared of negligence in 2019, but is headed back to court after the patient successfully appealed

A patient has successfully appealed for a retrial into a WA hospital's negligence over having the wrong diagnosis on their discharge summary.

Last week the state's court of appeal overturned a District Court of WA ruling in 2019 that found WA Country Health Service was not negligent in the case into the discharge summary that wrongly stated the patient had a subluxed, rather than a dislocated, shoulder.

The patient had presented to Busselton Hospital near midnight in July 2009 after injuring his left shoulder in 2009 while