77 year old woman wins repeat prescription negligence case

20th December 2018

A 77 year old woman has been compensated by four GP Defendants following a repeat prescription course of Nurofen Meltlets 200mg, without considering her history of peptic ulcer disease which resulted in a gastrointestinal injury.

In March 2013, the claimant went to see her GP following a fall. She was prescribed Ibuprofen 200mg. A few days later she returned to her GP and was prescribed Naproxen 500mg.

Just under two weeks later she returned and was again prescribed Naproxen 500mg and referred for physiotherapy which later concluded in August 2013.

In May 2014, the Claimant attended to the GP and was prescribed Ibuprofen 200mg. In September 2014, the Claimant was prescribed a repeat prescription course of Nurofen Meltlets 200mg.

Between October 2014 and October 2016, she was issued with subsequent prescriptions on 25 occasions.

On October 22, 2016, the Claimant called 111 as she was experiencing pain in her upper back and abdomen. She had also been vomiting for a week.

An ambulance crew went to her home but it was decided that her symptoms were stress related and she was not taken to hospital.

The following day, the pain increased and had now moved to her lower abdomen so, once again, she called 111. This time, she was taken via ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital. She underwent tests and a liver function test revealed abnormalities.

The impression was Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID) induced peptic ulcer disease and an upper gastrointestinal bleed, melaena, and gastritis.

On 25th October 2016, she underwent a gastroscopy, which diagnosed a hiatus hernia, oesophagitis / reflux and gastritis. She was discharged two days later.

During this period, the Claimant was scheduled to undergo a total hip replacement, which was then delayed.

The woman contacted Fletchers Solicitors who handled her case against Dr Peter Flowers, Dr Pravin Gorajala, Dr Alison P Greening, Dr Tracy Hiles from St Fillan’s Medical Centre. She was awarded £7,500.

Stephanie Davies, Litigation Executive in the Medical Negligence department at Fletchers Solicitors, said: “I hope the compensation that our client has received will go towards helping her move forward from this ordeal. She suffered with considerable symptoms that could easily have been avoided.”

The client said: “Fletchers gave a wonderful service, all the staff are very friendly. In particular, Stephanie has been wonderful and the case was completed very quickly.”

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