Actress Leslie Ash has won £5m (€6.7m) in compensation after she contracted the superbug MRSA in an NHS hospital, her lawyer said today.
The 'Men Behaving Badly' star was left seriously injured after catching the bug at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital in central London.
Her lawyer, Janice Gardner, from Russell Cooke solicitors, said the actress was “delighted” with the payout.
Ms Gardner said the actress was pleased she would not have to go to court to fight the claim. The case was due before a judge in April before the sides reached a settlement.
She said: “I think she is delighted that we could reach an amicable settlement.
“Nobody really wants to go to court. It would have been hard going for her.
“In a case when you have got serious injuries you have to be reasonably satisfied that the injuries have settled before you can settle the claim.”
A spokesman for the Chelsea and Westminster apologised to the actress.
“We wish to apologise to Mrs Chapman for the shortcomings in her care when she was a patient at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in April 2004,” he said.
“We sincerely regret the injuries that she sustained as a result of these failings.
“The trust carried out a full review of all relevant procedures in this case to learn from its mistakes and to improve patient care.
“As a direct result, the trust updated its guidelines and provided nurses with additional training on monitoring infection.”
Ash, 47, who now walks with a stick, was admitted to hospital after suffering two cracked ribs after falling off her bed on to a table during a love-making session with her husband, retired footballer Lee Chapman.
The payment includes compensation for money the actress would have earned had she been able to carry on working.