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Long Covid: NHS legal action launched by family of girl

The mother of an 11-year-old Aberdeenshire girl with Long Covid has launched a legal action against their health board, in what lawyers claim is the first case of its kind in Scotland.

Helen Goss, from Westhill, is seeking damages from NHS Grampian on behalf of her daughter, Anna Hendy.

The action claims the health board is responsible for "multiple failings" in Anna's treatment and care.

The claim alleges failings were avoidable, that they caused Anna "injury and damage", and led to her condition worsening.

Anna became unwell after contracting Covid in 2020.

The action alleges a number of failings by the health board.

These include claims that requests for Anna to be referred to the specialist paediatric services of immunology and neurology were refused.

It also claims no further help was offered after Anna was diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and Paediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS).

And it says these failings "could have been avoided had NHS Grampian followed contemporary guidance on diagnosis and treatment".

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Source: BBC, 19 January 2024


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