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FREE risk assessment of your practice including premises, health and safety, protocols, systems and staff issues for all GROUPCARE PREMIUM members.
1 December 2007
A GP faced a claim for damages which alleged that his failure to carry out routine periodic blood tests on a patient prescribed long-term antibacterial treatment resulted in liver damage and other complications.
The following is a fictitious claim based on salient features of actual cases handled by the MDU on behalf of its members regarding opthalmic issues.
A GP was accused of delay in diagnosing deep vein thrombosis after failing to spot the condition in a woman who, following an exotic holiday, attended her practice with a spider bite to the leg.
1 December 2006
A youngish woman, with a history of successfully treated axillary abscesses and no family history of breast cancer, presented to her GP with a tender breast lump and was treated with antibiotics. When later she was referred to a busy breast clinic she was found to have extensive carcinoma.
While lower back pain can have a variety of causes, cauda equina syndrome has very specific symptoms which we featured in our Journal article in July 2004.
26 April 2006
When treatments for the alleviation of everyday symptoms are inappropriately prescribed, they can have significant implications for a patient's existing condition.
When a patient attends frequently, even with an apparently benign symptom, is it time to consider further investigations?
Inadvertently prescribing a drug that triggers an allergic reaction can have serious - sometimes fatal consequences. GP records need to carry clear and visible warnings.
4 October 2005
An SHO was coming to the end of his first week in Accident and Emergency. It was 7 pm on Friday and he should have gone home over an hour ago but the department was busy and his Registrar asked him if he could see one last patient.
A paediatrics SHO was six weeks into the job. She had received three days of induction training at the start of the post. It was departmental policy that new SHOs were accompanied to deliveries by a registrar for their first month in post.