A pensioner admitted to East Surrey Hospital died after doctors failed to initially diagnose miliary tuberculosis. The Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust has admitted that the care and treatment given to Iris Smith was not good enough and an inquest after Mrs Smith’s death stated that treatment was given ‘too late’ due to the delay in diagnosis. Mrs Smith’s family are now pursuing a compensation claim for medical negligence from the trust. Mrs Smith reportedly suffered pain and respiratory problems in the months leading up to her tragic death and was admitted to hospital on two occasions with symptoms associated with the condition. Her family was forced to suffer stress in the lead up to her death it has been stated that Mrs Smith could still be alive today had she received a better standard of care when admitted to hospital.
The delay in diagnosis resulted in a delay in treatments but no neglect was found to have occurred during her time in the hospital’s care. A written apology was sent to her family from the Trust and Surrey and Sussex NHS Trust’s medical director has extended his condolences and has stated that the circumstances surrounding Mrs Smith’s passing has been shared with other medical doctors to ensure a better standard of care and diagnosis can be made in the future.
Standard of care and delays in diagnosis
Inadequate care in hospital or within a care home can be the result of neglect or it can be the result of a misdiagnosis. A patient may also exhibit symptoms of a disease or condition but a failure to diagnose the condition could result in improper treatment. In Mrs Smith’s case, treatment administered sooner could have saved her life. You may have suffered from a misdiagnosis which worsened your condition, or you may have experienced a delay in your diagnosis causing complications. If you have been injured or your illness has worsened and there is evidence of medical negligence, you may be able to win a cash sum for your suffering.
How Accident Advice Helpline can assist
We are a law firm which works with a team of solicitors around the UK to help victims of accidents, injuries or illnesses that were caused by negligence. Where there is evidence medical negligence has taken place, we can represent you throughout your case. Whether you have a family member who has suffered as a result of potential negligence or whether your illness has progressed because of inadequate care, we may be able to win you a cash sum to help you cope financially during a difficult time. Call our free 24-hour helpline to speak with an expert about your situation and we can offer you no-obligation advice in the first instance.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown