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Incorrect prescription of steroids causing steroid induced diabetes

This medical negligence case arose out of the care provided to Mr J.

In August 2013, Mr J was diagnosed with prostate cancer. In April 2014, he was told that he was cancer free and received regular check-ups at his local hospital.

Mr J was admitted to hospital on 26 January 2019 as he was experiencing sickness, indigestion, dark urine and his skin had a yellow tinge.

On 28 January 2019, he was reviewed by an oncologist and steroids were advised before provisional diagnosis of metastatic cancer awaiting CT scan confirmation.

The CT scan showed no recurrence of cancer, but gallstones.

Mr J was discharged on 29 January 2019. The medication on discharge was Dexamethasone 4 mgs twice daily, Omeprazole 40 mgs every morning, Tamsulosin 400 mcg every morning and to stop Bicalutamide (withheld on admission).

On 11 February 2019, Mr J was readmitted due to not eating and weight loss. It was confirmed that Mr J had been discharged on 29 January 2019 with steroids for metastatic cancer – which he should never have been given.

Mr J now has steroid induced diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and underactive thyroid.

A Serious Incident Investigation Report was undertaken by the Trust which identified several failings in care.

Upon receipt of Mr J’s medical records, a witness statement was drafted. A letter was then sent to the defendant setting out the allegations of negligence.

We obtained a report from an expert endocrinologist, calculated Mr J’s past and future losses and prepared a schedule of loss. This enabled us to make an early offer of settlement.

The defendant made significant admissions and following negotiations the case settled for £21,500.

Christina Mallery-Nelson specialises in claims relating to the prescription/administration of incorrect medication. If you would like to ask Christina a question about a potential clinical negligence claim, or if you have a general query about any personal injury claim, contact Christina at Thomson Snell & Passmore solicitors on 01892 701183 in confidence. We offer no win no fee agreements on the vast majority of our clinical negligence and personal injury cases.

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