Case report: Misdiagnosis of terminal illness for mental patient
H v. Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
H. had a history of previous breast cancer. In 2007 she presented to the A&E department in a confused state. Investigations included CT and MRI scanning (x-ray imaging). The CT scan was interpreted as showing spreading of the previous breast cancer. H. was told that she only had a few weeks to live.
Her care was transferred to a palliative hospice. Two months later she was told on review of the CT scan that the images had been wrongly interpreted and that the deposits in her brain were benign. She had not been treated for her medical condition in the palliative hospice and had become even more psychiatrically ill.
She continued to be nursed in a nursing home and assisted by her family and eventually was treated appropriately for her underlying medical condition and psychiatric condition.
A Pre-Action Protocol Letter of Claim was submitted following receipt of expert evidence but not all allegations were accepted. Negotiations then ensued and the Defendants accepted an offer made by the Claimant.