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Heart attack victim brings £250,000 damages claim against NHS

View profile for Melanie Reynolds
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The High Court is to rule on a damages claim against the NHS by a man who was discharged from A&E without seeing a doctor in 2006. He went on to suffer a heart attack and stroke four years later.

  • The claimant says the A&E department was negligent in failing to ensure that a full history was taken and an examination took place.
  • The claimant awoke with acute chest pain and symptoms of shortness of breath in January 2006. He went to A&E at Medway Maritime Hospital, where he was triaged by a nurse. He was not examined by a doctor and was sent home with a referral to a GP-led treatment centre.
  • He attended the centre the same day and a GP diagnosed him with gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach).
  • Four years later, in January 2010, Mr Crammond noticed his legs were very swollen and returned to the same A&E with a suspected heart attack.
  • Cardiac failure was diagnosed, and he subsequently suffered a stroke. He was fitted with a pacemaker and defibrillator in March 2010.

He is claiming damages from the Medway NHS Foundation Trust.

If the NHS Trust is found to be liable, Mr Crammond's damages have been agreed at £250,000.

If you think you have a medical negligence claim please speak to someone in our Clinical Negligence department by contacting k.marden@duttongregory.co.uk or calling 01202 315005.