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Infected dog bite

...Dr K examines the wound and notes cellulitis but no pus. She prescribes the antibiotic flucloxacillin and advises Mr B to re-attend if the infection grows worse...

  • 27 January 2016
  • Case study

"Mild" headache

...The notes also reveal that the GP considered the possibility of head injury in that he recorded that there were no associated symptoms...

  • 23 December 2015
  • Case study

Root fracture

...the dentist extracts the infected tooth but no post-extraction radiograph is taken...

  • 30 November 2015
  • Case study

Shooting pains

...A GP attends her at home and notes that the patient has developed numbness in the saddle area and cold feet in addition to low back pain shooting to the ankles...

  • 28 October 2015
  • Case study

A persistent error

...It transpires that the patient is in fact not a heroin addict and that Dr C meant to write the note in the file of his brother...

  • 25 September 2015
  • Case study

Erroneous extraction

...the dentist had removed LL7 in error, mistaking the tooth for LL6...

  • 28 August 2015
  • Case study

Missed appendicitis

...The GP advises Mr H that appendicitis is unlikely due to his age and the lack of other related symptoms...

  • 29 July 2015
  • Case study

Just heartburn

...The GP finds Mr L lying on the couch in front of the TV. He tells the doctor it is not chest pain he is experiencing but the usual heartburn, though worse...

  • 30 June 2015
  • Case study

Village gossip

...He accuses the GP of either discussing the matter at home or elsewhere in the village and that this constitutes a serious breach of confidentiality...

  • 27 May 2015
  • Case study

A missed pregnancy

...The facts clearly show the GP made an error in fitting the IUCD while the patient was pregnant. However, it remains unclear exactly what the consequences of this mistake were...

  • 28 April 2015
  • Case study