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Case report 16/04/2018

Delayed diagnosis

Delayed diagnosis

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Mrs F, a 30-year-old housewife, visited her GP, Dr O, with a four-week history of diarrhoea. Dr O arranged a stool sample for microscopy and culture (which was negative) and prescribed codeine. Four months later, Mrs F was still having diarrhoea, especially after meals, and she had started to notice some weight loss. She returned to the surgery and this time saw Dr P, who examined her and found nothing remarkable, but decided to refer her to gastroenterology in view of her persistent symptoms.

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Case report 12/04/2018

Strong record-keeping – strong defence

Strong record-keeping – strong defence

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Ms Q, 58 years old, consulted Dr G, a gastroenterologist, with a history of dyspepsia, early satiety and altered bowel habit. Clinical examination, including digital rectal examination, was recorded as normal...

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Case report 05/05/2015

A problem with polyps

A problem with polyps

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Mr S was a 35-year-old taxi driver who was visiting his extended family abroad. While he was there he decided to have a routine health check in a private clinic. He told the doctor in the health clinic that he had noticed some rectal bleeding over the previous four months.

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Factsheet 01/10/2013

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

HSC complaints procedure – Hospital setting

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Complaints in health and social care: standards and guidelines for resolution and learning (2009) aims to provide a simple, consistent approach for staff who handle complaints, and for patients who raise complaints across all health and social care services.

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Case report 01/05/2011

Avoiding unnecessary surgery

Avoiding unnecessary surgery

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Mrs A, 50, had initially consulted her GP with heartburn and some minor weight loss. A gastroscopy was performed and demonstrated Grade A oesophagitis with a small hiatus hernia. Mrs A was started on a proton pump inhibitor; however, her symptoms persisted and she asked to see a specialist.

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