Hospital releases mentally ill man: kills friend

In 2004 a man from Victoria, Mr Pettigrove, who had a long history of chronic paraoid schizophrenia was involuntarily admitted to the Manning Base Hospital in Taree. At that time he had been with a friend of his, Mr Rose.  Both Mr Rose and Mr Pettigrove's mother spoke with hospital staff where it was [...]

Doctor fails to explain genetic risks to IVF couple

Mr & Mrs Waller conceived their son, Keeden, through IVF treatment.  That treatment had been co-ordinated by a gynaecologist, Dr James (who had a subspecialty in infertility and IVF). Keeden was born with an anti-thrombin deficiency (ATD) which he had genetically inherited from his father,  Four days after his birth Keeden suffered a stroke [...]

By |October 8th, 2016|Medical Error|Comments Off on Doctor fails to explain genetic risks to IVF couple

GP investigates wrong condition: patient left deaf & blind

Nancy Mules consulted her GP about neck pain on four occasions between 12-25 September 2008. She was referred to the Cairns Private hospital after the last of those consultations.  The following day she was diagnosed with cryptococcal meningitis, a disease which left her blind, deaf and with other severe disabilities. The GP had been proceeding [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|Medical Error|Comments Off on GP investigates wrong condition: patient left deaf & blind

Woman loses leg: makes claim against GP

In mid March 2011 Lyne Smythe attended her GP complaining of pain in her left foot.  He GP diagnosed an infection and prescribed antibiotics. About a week later Ms Smythe returned to the GP with two problems:  a perianal abscess and pinkness and tenderness in her left foot.  The GP prescribed another round of antibiotics. [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|Medical Error, Other Accident|Comments Off on Woman loses leg: makes claim against GP