GP is found guilty of negligence in failing to spot meningitis in 42 year old patient

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3751
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

An artist who was left blind and with significant hearing loss at age 42 will receive substantial damages after the High Court ruled that a GP was negligent in failing to treat her for suspected bacterial meningitis and refer her urgently to hospital.

Julie Coakley had a 12 minute consultation with her GP, Henrietta Rosie, at her practice near Winchester in January 2009, after nine days of feeling unwell during which Coakley had self medicated with Lemsip Max. Her symptoms included headache, nasal congestion, lethargy, loss of …

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