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  • Case ref:
  • Date:
    March 2015
  • Body:
    Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board
  • Sector(s):
  • Subject:
    clinical treatment / diagnosis
  • Outcome:
    Not upheld, no recommendations


Mr C complained that the prison health centre were failing to prescribe appropriate pain medication for his knee. He was due to start a detox programme and because of that, the decision was taken to stop the pain medication he was being prescribed and to provide an alternative.

We examined Mr C's medical records and we took independent medical advice from one of our GP advisers. They explained that the steps taken by the prison health centre in Mr C's case were appropriate because the effects of the pain medication he was being prescribed would have been blocked by the effects of the detox programme. Our adviser also confirmed that the alternative pain medication prescribed to Mr C was appropriate. We accepted the view of our adviser and we did not uphold Mr C's complaint.

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Updated: March 18, 2015