NHS still not picking up signs of deadly sepsis

NHS still not picking up signs of deadly sepsis
NHS still not picking up signs of deadly sepsis

NHS still not picking up signs of deadly sepsis


In a news story that will not surprise the thousands of people affected by sepsis every year, it was reported this month that a mother lost all of her limbs after medical staff failed to notice the signs of a condition that kills 44,000 people every year in the UK. Sepsis occurs when the body’s immune system goes into overdrive as it tries to fight an infection. Early signs of the condition include a fever, chills, fast breathing and a fast heartbeat.

On 22 December 2014, an NHS patient was told by doctors that she had suffered a miscarriage at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. She was sent home in pain and bleeding only to return to hospital on Christmas Day in increasing agony. She was told she had suffered an ectopic pregnancy requiring urgent surgery to remove the affected fallopian tube and unviable foetus. While in recovery from the emergency operation, she developed extensive limb ischaemia, a condition which requires urgent action. Her condition deteriorated after she developed gangrene and her body tissue began to die. The hospital later admitted that staff had failed to follow their own sepsis protocol and had not recognized the classic symptoms of the condition caused by a loss of blood supply.

A recent BBC Panorama investigation found that NHS staff were failing to pick up the signs of the condition in half of patients. Recent figures suggest that one in four NHS trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time. The NHS advises that antibiotic treatment should begin within an hour of diagnosis to reduce the risk of serious complications or death. Doctors and nurses often fail to distinguish sepsis symptoms from those of more minor viral conditions.

The lady is still recovering from her harrowing experience. She is adapting to the loss of her limbs and is now suing the hospital.

Sepsis Statistics

• 44,000 people in the UK die from sepsis every year.
• Every 3.5 seconds someone in the world dies from sepsis.
• Shockingly, sepsis is the biggest direct cause of death in UK pregnancies.
• Sepsis is responsible for more deaths in the UK than bowel, breast and prostate cancer combined.

Do you have a sepsis claim?

Sepsis is easily treatable with antibiotics if discovered early enough. Any delay can cause multiple organ failure or death. If you had sepsis and believe it was misdiagnosed or wasn’t spotted soon enough, you could have a claim.

We all expect to receive a certain standard of care from medical experts and trust that they will treat us in an entirely correct, safe manner. However, mistakes and errors do sometimes occur and the consequences can be serious, traumatic and even life threatening.

If you have suffered from an illness or injury that has been caused or worsened by a medical professional breaching their duty of care, you may be entitled to medical negligence compensation.


If you have been a victim of medical negligence which has caused you additional suffering or pain, Roberts Jackson Solicitors may be able to help you claim compensation.
Below are some of the common questions we ask to determine whether you have a valid claim.

• Was your medical or clinical treatment in the last three years?
• Are you now suffering due to this negligence?
• Do you believe the medical professional could have acted in a way that would have prevented your injury or pain?

The list above is only a brief indication of whether you have a valid claim, however if you have answered yes to any of the above we suggest you contact us for free legal advice on the next steps to take.


Roberts Jackson solicitors have a high level of experience handling medical negligence claims for patients who have been unnecessarily harmed by medical practitioners. Our legal team find that they most commonly deal with cases related to:

• Delayed or misdiagnosis
• Ignorance of significant symptoms
• Failure to properly read and analyse patient history, notes and x-rays
• Incorrect treatment, including medication or surgery mistakes
• Failure of a medical product

Whatever type of medical or clinical negligence you have suffered, we can help you to achieve medical negligence compensation for any financial or medical setback that has been caused.


If you believe that you have a medical negligence claim, seek specialist legal advice from Roberts Jackson Solicitors.

The highly trained team have a full understanding of this complex legal area and will be able to advise you on the best course of action. If we decide to take on your claim, our solicitors will then investigate the incident, gather evidence and seek expert opinions to create a strong medical negligence claim, so that you can achieve the medical negligence compensation you deserve.
Whether you are looking to make a brain injury, misdiagnosis or dental negligence claim, contact us on 0800 001 4496 to find out more about how to claim with Roberts Jackson.

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