Delayed diagnosis of meningitis – £5,870,000

Tamsin was seven years old when she was admitted to A&E, complaining of aching limbs and diarrhoea. She was lethargic and dehydrated and had had a high temperature for four days. She was diagnosed with a urinary tract infection and discharged with a prescription for antibiotics. The following day, she had pain in her neck and back, had a headache and was vomiting. The paramedics who took her to hospital in the ambulance also noted that she had photophobia.

She was diagnosed with tonsillitis along with a urinary tract infection and dehydration. It was subsequently found that she had pneumococcal meningitis, which took her a long time to recover from and she was left with unsteadiness, weakness throughout her left side and mood and behavioural changes.

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