• Case ref:
  • Date:
    April 2018
  • Body:
    A Medical Practice in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board area
  • Sector(s):
  • Subject:
    clinical treatment / diagnosis
  • Outcome:
    Not upheld, no recommendations


Mr C, who works for an advice and support agency, complained to us on behalf of his client (Mrs A) that her GP practice failed to provide her with appropriate medical treatment for a painful shoulder. Mrs A asked the practice to give her a steroid injection as her frozen shoulder was causing her pain and distress but was referred to physiotherapy who would decide whether or not to provide the injection. Mrs A was unhappy as she had been given the steroid injection by the practice the year before.

We took independent advice from a GP and found that the practice had provided a reasonable level of care. Although some practices can administer steroid injections to patients if they have additional training, there is no requirement for them to do so. We found that the practice had acted reasonably by asking Mrs A to attend physiotherapy and that they would determine if it was appropriate to administer a steroid injection. We also found that the practice had acted reasonably by prescribing painkilling medication to Mrs A in order to address her symptoms. Therefore, we did not uphold Mr C's complaint.