Deep vein thrombosis late diagnosis
Our client, Maria D, went to her GP on six occasions with ongoing symptoms of a swollen leg, tenderness in the calf and breathing difficulties. She was eventually referred with a possible DVT (deep vein thrombosis). Finally, a blood test was taken, and it was only on receiving the results of these that the patient was referred to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with DVT and pulmonary embolism.
Our client, Molly U, contacted us on behalf of her late husband. He visited his GP and complaining of chest pains. His GP requested an EGC the same day. His GP failed to read the abnormal ECG and did not refer him to the hospital. Our client's husband suffered a cardiac arrest and died.
Late diagnosis of cancer
Our client, Amanda W, went to her GP practice on four separate occasions; her symptoms included persistent mouth ulcers and a sore throat. After her fourth visit, she was eventually referred to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with mouth cancer. She required an operation to remove part of her tongue.
Cardiogenic shock and acute myocardial
We represented the family of Brendan W, who was diagnosed with polycythaemia vera (a type of blood cancer) and referred to a haematologist. The haematologist recommended a JAK 2 test and abdominal ultrasound. The haematologist also stated they'd be happy to see Brendan for regular venesection. Despite returning to his GP with further symptoms, the GP took no further action while the tests were carried out, and Brendan was not referred back to the haematologist. He subsequently died from cardiogenic shock and acute myocardial infarction.
Failure to refer
Our client, Peter L, went to his GP with sudden onset of severe headache and pain behind the eyes. His GP failed to refer him. He subsequently collapsed and was diagnosed with a ruptured aneurysm resulting in a subarachnoid haemorrhage.