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Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre failings led to girl's sepsis death

A series of hospital failings contributed to the death of a five-year-old girl who died from toxic shock syndrome, an inquest jury has found. Ava Macfarlane died on 15 December 2017 after being treated at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre.  

Prescribing antibiotics earlier could have "given her chances of survival", Nottingham Coroner's Court heard. Returning a narrative conclusion the jury said there had been "missed opportunities" to diagnose sepsis.

Dr Keith Girling, medical director at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, apologised for the "significant shortcomings" in its care.

He said a number of changes had been made following Ava's death and greater awareness of sepsis, in relation to children with complex medical conditions, had been raised.

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Source: BBC News, 4 September


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