One of our clients (aged 45) who lives in Swindon is allergic to penicillin. This is clearly noted on her GP records. During November 2008, she attended her GP surgery in order to collect a course of antibiotics to help treat her ear infection. She was seen by one of their duty Triage Nurses who, unfortunately, prescribed a course of antibiotics (Amoxicillin) which contained penicillin.
As a consequence of this error, our client suffered an allergic reaction – she developed a rash all over her face and body, swelling in her stomach and legs, and generally felt unwell. It took her about four weeks before she was fully recovered and, during this period, her husband had to take time off work in order to look after their young children. He suffered a small loss of earnings.
To the credit of the GP surgery, they acknowledged their mistake and apologised accordingly. After corresponding with the MDU acting for the surgery, we were able to negotiate a settlement on behalf of our client.
S. J. Edney solicitors obtained £2,000 for this client during 2009