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Case of the month

Transgender records

...The practice is advised to explain that the patient may not be contacted for current or future screening programmes associated with the sex at birth and explain the implications of this...

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Recurrent cancer

...The patient confirms that he has noticed a dip in energy and also that he has dropped a few pounds in weight. He is also still finding blood in his stools...

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Surgical infection

...Mr K later re-attends the district nurse and she phones Dr R to report that the knee is now hot and swollen and the sutures have burst in two places – but the patient is weight-bearing...

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No prophylactic antibiotics

...Mr D claims that the dentist's failure to prescribe an antibiotic after his extraction led to "serious complications" resulting in his prolonged recovery and loss of earnings...

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Pressure to prescribe

...Even though she is not his patient Dr G agrees to write a prescription on his practice (NHS) pad for a short course of treatment...

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Abdominal lump

...It is also alleged that Dr N failed to flag up the low haemoglobin result which was suggestive of colorectal cancer...

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Sickly child

...Dr K examines Emma and finds she is afebrile but dehydrated (dry tongue) and lethargic. He also observes that she is wobbly and unsteady on her feet and displays neck stiffness...

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Two teeth too many

...A letter of claim is received alleging clinical negligence for failing to diagnose the presence of the supernumeraries so they could be removed allowing normal eruption of the adult incisors...

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Persistent dyspepsia

...Dr L did note the epigastric discomfort but did not record whether he had asked how long the pain had been present, precipitating factors, any loss of appetite or weight, or eating or swallowing problems...

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Tubal pregnancy

...The GP is alleged to have failed in not referring Ms P for an emergency ultrasound scan and this in turn resulted in a significant delay in diagnosis, leaving surgery as the only viable treatment option...

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