Woman Seek Counsel over Misdiagnosis of Terminal Cancer

July 31st, 2015 | By injuryclaims

A woman and her husband have sought legal concerning an alleged misdiagnosis of uterine cancer that has since been determined as terminal. 

Jeanette Scully, aged forty-seven from Tyne and Wear in Sunderland, went to Sunderland Royal Hospital’s Accident and Emergency Department as she was experiencing pain in her abdomen. When a scan was carried out, it was discovered that she had a mass in her abdomen. Jeanette was diagnosed with an infected fibroid, prescribed with antibiotics and discharged. 

However, the pain continued and Jeanette visited her GP. However, Jeanette alleges, the GP told her that her problem could be solved through the power of positive thinking. However, around Easter of this year, Jeanette was still in immense pain. Her partner – with whom she had been in a relationship for twenty-two years – brought her back to the Sunderland A&E department. Though she was initially discharged, she was eventually admitted for pain management. 

Though consultants at the hospital told Jeanette that they could not diagnose the cause of her pain, further scans conducted in May identified a soft tissue sarcoma on her uterus. Just a month later, Jeanette and her partner David were told that the cancer was so advanced that it was likely to be terminal.

After receiving this devastating news, Jeanette and David consulted a solicitor about the missed diagnosis of her uterine cancer. As a result, their solicitor has started an investigation into the care that Jeanette received from her GP (Dr Weatherhead and Associates of Southwick, Tyne and Wear) and the Sunderland Royal Hospital. 

In a comment to her local press, Jeanette said that “I just want to know that what happened to me will be properly investigated and something will be done about it as I would never want anyone else to go through what we have. I really believe that if I had been properly investigated when I first reported symptoms things would have been very different.”

Categories: NHS Complaints


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