Coroner: Mistakes, Short-Staffing Led to Girl's Meningitis Death

A coroner's report claims that a baby girl died from meningitis in September 2006 due to short-staffing and mistakes made by a U.K. hospital, according to a report in the Evening Standard.

Nicola Gilworth feared her daughter Macy was suffering from meningitis when she took her to Tameside General Hospital in Stockport, U.K.

But the child died after medics made a series of mistakes, Coroner John Pollard told an inquest into the death this week.

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Pollard said Macy, who had a heart defect and had been in and out of hospital several times, had developed a rash on her body that would not disappear when pressure was applied — a symptom of meningitis.

But when she arrived at the hospital, where short-staffing was overwhelming doctors, one doctor failed to follow hospital protocol for checking children with rashes and made a mistake in her notes. A chart was never filled out with her symptoms and there was a delay getting the results of her blood test, the coroner's report showed.

Pollard blasted the same hospital in 2006 for "despicable" and chaotic treatment" of four elderly patients who died there.