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Baby seriously ill with swine flu

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Just before Christmas, five week old Harvey Flanagan was seriously ill at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, following an unacceptable delay in diagnosis of swine flu.
A number of days prior to his admission, Harvey’s parents took him to Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, which is run by Stockport NHS Foundation Trust. On two occasions doctors failed to diagnose that Harvey was suffering from swine flu and Harvey’s parents were reassured and told to take him home.
Harvey’s father, Andrew Flanagan said he and his partner were made to feel like over-concerned parents and were reassured that everything was fine.
Luckily, Harvey’s parents later took him to Tameside Hospital, where he was diagnosed as suffering from hyperthermia and swine flu and was referred to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. Harvey was described as being in a serious but stable condition, however happily is slowly recovering.
Amidst a winter where there have already been 24 confirmed deaths from swine flu, it would be reassuring to feel that this was fresh in the minds of all doctors treating patients with flu like symptoms. However, this is obviously not the case.
At Stephensons we deal with a number of clinical negligence claims involving patients of all ages. People like the Flanagans, angered by the sub-standard treatment provided by the NHS, can achieve substantial compensatory awards.
If you believe the treatment you have received is also below a reasonable standard then we have a dedicated team of clinical negligence solicitors who would be happy to advise you further. Call us for free initial advice on 01616 966 229.
By clinical negligence graduate clerk, Jenny Hornby