GP fails to follow up persistent symptoms

GP fails to follow up persistent symptoms over six years

GP fails to follow up persistent symptoms over six years

£40,000 Settlement

Samantha, from Middlesbrough, visited her GP in January 2011 with a two-week history of abdominal pain and vomiting. Subsequently, as the symptoms persisted, she attended numerous appointments with the same symptoms. By March 2012 her condition had deteriorated to the extent that she attended A&E. She complained of ovulation pain and vaginal discharge. She had an ultrasound, but no further investigations were needed as her results were normal.

Samantha had unfortunately had two miscarriages in 2012 and 2013. This therefore complicated her condition. In addition, her symptoms of abdominal pain and vaginal bleeding failed to resolve.

Between December 2012 and her eventual treatment in August 2017, Samantha experienced a wide range of symptoms. Those symptoms include nausea, headaches, abdominal pain, haematemesis, urinary frequency, aches and pains, low mood, anxiety, anger problems and episodes of self-harm. Samantha continued to attend her GP during this time.

Eventually, in July 2017, they investigated Samantha’s symptoms, and she was diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. She subsequently had surgery in August 2017, following which her physical symptoms have gradually improved. However, Samantha has continued to struggle emotionally, despite attending counselling sessions.

Pryers Solicitors was assisted by a GP expert, A&E expert and endocrinology expert. They reported that Samantha’s GP was negligent at various stages for failing to further investigate her symptoms and failure to follow up on abnormal calcium levels.

The GP maintained a denial of liability throughout. However, we discovered that her GP had received some abnormal calcium results and had been asked by the Trust to make a referral to endocrinology.

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