Teenage girl killed by blood clot hours after seeing GP, sparks review action

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HEALTH bosses have launched a “full review” after a teenager died from a blood clot 12 hours after she was sent home by an out of hours GP. Shannon Deakin, 16, from Hoyland in Barnsley, was taken to see the doctor at Barnsley Hospital by her parents after complaining of pains in her leg and stomach.

Her father Bryan, 58, said that during the consultation last Saturday she was diagnosed as having an infection, given antibiotics and sent away.

But she continued to complain of the pain and collapsed in front of her parents that night as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Mr Deakin said the family was now considering legal action because they believe the doctor should have done more.

Care UK, a private firm which runs the out of hours service on behalf of NHS Barnsley said the GP involved was currently not at work and their duties were being “covered by colleagues”.

Mike Frayne, a spokesman for Care UK, said: “All the staff working on the out of hours service are very shocked and upset to hear what happened to Miss Deakin and our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

An NHS Barnsley spokesman added: “We will undertake a full review of the circumstances leading to this tragic event.”