• Case ref:
  • Date:
    March 2019
  • Body:
    A Medical Practice in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS Board area
  • Sector(s):
  • Subject:
    clinical treatment / diagnosis
  • Outcome:
    Not upheld, no recommendations


Mrs C complained that the practice failed to provide her late aunt (Ms A) with appropriate care and treatment. Ms A visited the practice on three occasions and was later admitted to hospital where she was diagnosed with septicaemia (blood poisoning), multi-organ failure and metastatic gastric (stomach) cancer. Mrs C complained that the practice failed to reasonably investigate Ms A's symptoms. Mrs C also complained that the practice failed to respond to her complaint in a reasonable way.

The practice acknowledged that there were shortcomings in record-keeping and checking observations. The practice apologised and took action to address these issues.

We took independent advice from an adviser in general practice medicine. We found that the investigation and treatment decisions provided to Ms A at each of the three consultations were of a reasonable standard and that an emergency admission to hospital by ambulance was not required given the circumstances. We considered that the standard of medical care and treatment provided to Ms A was reasonable. We also found that the practice responded to Mrs C's complaint in a reasonable way. Therefore, we did not uphold Mrs C's complaints.