Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Man Dies After the NHS Fails to Diagnose a Stroke Three Times

Despite the recent TV adverts raising the awareness of strokes for viewers across Britain, the NHS has failed to recognise the condition itself.A widow has been compensated after her husband had died when doctors and paramedics failed to diagnose his stroke three times, it has been revealed.Jeffery Wingrove, 48 had died just under 48 hours after becoming ill when doctors misdiagnosed his stroke on Saturday 9th December 2006.GP practitioners had twice refused to make a home visit when wife Isabelle Wingrove, 52 had phoned a GP out-of-hours service when Mr Wingrove had collapsed after suffering from headaches, crippling and severe vomiting.Mr Wingrove, a former marathon runner, fell ill at around 10 am where he had difficulties in moving his right side and suffered from severe vomiting.His wife then called the out-of-hours service run for Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust where she was called back at approximately 11:30am where she was told to take her husband to hospital.However she was refused a home visit even after she had told them that Mr Wingrove was unable to lift his head and she was unable to lift him. Yet the doctors suggested he take painkillers and offered to write him a prescription and fax it to her local pharmacy.Mrs Wingrove then made a second call but to the NHS Direct helpline at 12.20pm pleading for a home visit but was once again refused. Approximately eight hours after being refused for a home visit for the second time, she decided to call the paramedics.However, when they arrived, Mr Wingrove had been given paracetamol when paramedics claimed that he had vertigo.At 2.30pm the next day, Mr Wingrove had collapsed and was taken to hospital where he was transferred to a neurosurgical ward.Yet despite undergoing an emergency surgery at a hospital, Mr Wingrove became weaker and had died the next day, just under 48 hours of becoming ill.According to Mrs Wingrove, Mr Wingrove “had never been given a chance of survival.”She said: “All they had to do was come and see him, which my usual GP would have done at the drop of a hat. But it was too much trouble for them.They held a gun to his head and they pulled the trigger. He was never given a chance of survival.”She said: “if he had been ill on a weekday he would still be alive today.” The family of Mr Wingrove filed a medical negligence claim against the East of England Ambulance Service and the out-of-service GP.Lawyer, David Kerry said: “Mr Wingrove was showing all the symptoms of a stroke, whereas the current TV advertising campaign to alert the public insists that a doctor should be called if the sufferer only has one.”He added that “the NHS itself actually failed to recognise any of them, and on three separate occasions.”--find out more about making a medical negligence claim against the NHS by contacting a personal injury lawyer.Source: http://www.articletrader.com

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