• Case ref:
  • Date:
    December 2017
  • Body:
    A Medical Practice in the Forth Valley NHS Board area
  • Sector(s):
  • Subject:
    clinical treatment / diagnosis
  • Outcome:
    Not upheld, no recommendations


Ms C, who works for an advocacy and support agency, complained on behalf of her client (Mrs A) about the care provided by the practice following a phone consultation. The day following her discharge from hospital for heart bypass surgery, Mrs A called the practice for advice. A GP called her back a short time later and discussed medication with her. At this time, Mrs A reported a clicking sensation in her chest. The GP reassured her about this sensation and advised her to contact the practice again if she became more unwell. Mrs A's condition deteriorated later that day and she was admitted to hospital, where she was treated for an infection.

Ms C raised concern that the GP did not identify that Mrs A had an infection and felt that a home visit should have been carried out. We took independent advice from a GP adviser. Whilst they noted that the GP's clinical record of the consultation was brief, on balance, the adviser considered that the assessment and care provided was reasonable. We accepted this advice and we did not uphold this complaint.