A family whose father died after medical officials refused a home visit and misdiagnosed his stroke, won a six-figure out-of-court settlement.
Jeffery Wingrove, 48, of Braintree, Essex in England, died in the hospital less than 48 hours after collapsing at home from severe vomiting and crippling headaches.
When he first became sick on a Saturday, Wingrove’s wife, Isabelle, called her after-hour’s doctor’s office, which refused a home visit — twice — despite her pleas.
Claiming Wingrove did not qualify for a home visit because he was elderly, the doctor’s office, which was being run by a privately contracted firm because it was after-hours, offered to fax a prescription to the local pharmacy for painkillers.
As Wingrove’s condition worsened, Isabelle Wingrove called the paramedics, but they misdiagnosed him with vertigo and gave him an anti-inflammatory drug.
“We have cooperated fully with the investigation and do not feel that it is appropriate to comment at this time,” said a spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Services NHS Trust.
The next day, Wingrove was rushed to the hospital, where a brain scan revealed damage to the left side of his brain. Doctors said part of his brain had been severely damaged by a stroke, and they attempted surgery, but he died the following morning.
“This is a terrible case,” said David Kerry, the family’s lawyer. “Three times, Mrs. Wingrove appealed to the NHS to attend to her husband, yet tragically, they let her down.”