19-year-old Student Dies from Sepsis after Contacting GP Surgery 25 times
As reported by the Mirror, an inquest into the tragic death of 19-year-old student, Toby Hudson, heard that he had called a GP surgery 25 times and was later refused an appointment.
Mr Hudson had been suffering with a cough for around two months prior to returning to his family home in Weymouth in the summer of 2019.
He had started to suffer from swollen glands, a sore throat and enlarged tonsils when he decided to get GP advice.
The GP surgery’s phone system was said to be faulty. Following a day of trying to get through to the surgery, Mr Hudson eventually gave up, opting to call back the following day. When he was finally able to speak with somebody at the practice, he was told he could not be seen for at least 48 hours.
He was advised that, as he was registered at another surgery (in his University town) it would take 2 days to re-register him, he could either wait the 2 days or he needed to attend at an Urgent Care Centre.
He took advice to attend an Urgent Care Centre where he was seen by a nurse practitioner who incorrectly diagnosed him with tonsillitis. He was prescribed antibiotics.
Over the next day, Mr Hudson became increasingly unwell, and his parents called for an ambulance when he became unconscious. He sadly went into cardiac arrested in the back of the ambulance, thereafter there were delays in getting Mr Hudson to hospital. This is because the backup crew, who had been called after Mr Hudson’s cardiac arrest, went to the wrong location.
Mr Hudson tragically died later that night whilst in hospital, two days following his first attempt at speaking with a GP.
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