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  • Case ref:
    201605172
  • Date:
    April 2017
  • Body:
    A Medical Practice in the Ayrshire and Arran NHS Board area
  • Sector(s):
    Health
  • Subject:
    clinical treatment / diagnosis
  • Outcome:
    Not upheld, no recommendations

Summary

Mrs C complained to us that the medical practice failed to provide her mother (Mrs A) with appropriate clinical treatment for her reported symptoms. Mrs C said that by the time Mrs A had been referred to hospital, she was found to have severe sepsis (blood infection). Mrs C said the GPs did not examine Mrs A fully and failed to admit her to hospital sooner.

We obtained independent GP advice. We found that the GPs who visited Mrs A had on a number of occasions said to Mrs A that her blood tests and presentation were concerning and that hospital admission or further investigation was advised. However, we found that Mrs A declined the offer of a hospital admission on three occasions.

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Updated: April 26, 2017