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As reported by itv news, a woman died as a result of sepsis, signs of which had been missed by numerous health professionals during a 3-week period following an abortion.

At inquest it was found that she had died of natural causes contributed to by neglect with Louise Rae, Coroner for Blackpool, noting there had been “gross failings” in her hospital care and “basic failings” from her GP and pharmacist. She commented that “it is staggering that she was spoken to in primary and secondary care and sepsis was not considered”.

While some of the delays in her care were attributed to the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, it was found there remains a general lack of awareness around sepsis following medical abortions with the coroner calling for a better understanding of maternal sepsis.

The Deputy Medical Director of Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation, Dr Grahame Good, issued an apology to the family and confirmed that the Trust fully accepted all of the findings of the inquest. He acknowledged that there were “clearly things that could have been done differently” with regards to the care and “while they may not ultimately have saved her life, could have played their part.” He provided assurances on behalf of the Trust that there had been a full investigation into the circumstances of the death, which has also been considered by The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch and recommendations made.

If you believe that you, or a loved one, have suffered harm because of suspected clinical negligence, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you as to your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).”

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A three month old baby died of meningococcal septicaemia at the University Hospital of Wales in 2019. There was a seven-hour delay between his admission to hospital and him being given antibiotics. It was highlighted at inquest that there were “multiple missed opportunities” in his care. It was found he had died as a result of “natural causes contributed to by neglect” at the Cardiff hospital and there were “gross failures” in his care.

It was heard that there had been an 7 hour delay in diagnosing sepsis which, in turn, ended his short life.

Sepsis is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection and is a medical emergency. Prompt treatment can reduce the devastating effects sepsis may cause.

Despite the worrying times we are in, if you suspect that you or a loved one has sepsis, you are urged to seek immediate medical treatment.

If you feel that you or someone you know has suffered from a delay in diagnosing sepsis, please contact Graystons Solicitors for free initial advice. We can also advise you on the range of funding options available to you, including whether you may be able to fund any legal action under a “no win, no fee agreement”.

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An inquest last week concluded that baby Libby had died of natural causes after falling ill with deadly Meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia. Following the inquest, South Western Ambulance Service Trust acknowledged that it had learnt lessons from Libby’s death on the importance of spotting the signs of and treating sepsis.

 

Sepsis  is the body’s overwhelming and life threatening response to infection and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. Sepsis is often very difficult to detect, particularly in children and babies, as the early symptoms are easily confused with other, less serious conditions. It is essential that sepsis is diagnosed and treated early to ensure a good recovery but sadly it is not always detected by healthcare professionals, as was the case with baby Libby.

 

If you have concerns regarding a delayed diagnosis of sepsis, one of our specialist clinical negligence solicitors would be happy to speak with you and advise you on your options, including a formal complaint and a legal claim. There is no initial charge for discussing this with us and we will talk you through your options, including how to fund a case and the possibility of a no win no fee arrangement (conditional fee agreement or CFA).