My daughter, who has bipolar disorder, received her diagnosis at the very end of a 90-minute psychiatrist consultation.
After spending the entire session observing her as if she were a rare specimen, the psychiatrist pronounced her ‘bipolar’, as casually as if he were giving her a driving test result.
He then quickly added:
“But more interestingly is the fact that your entire body twitches and jerks constantly; I think you may have Tourette’s or some other underlying neurological issue.”
He told us he would not treat the symptoms of the bipolar disorder (we had arrived at
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Evidence for this coroner's report raised systemic concerns about awareness of aortic dissection in emergency departments and about whether current guidance and risk scoring tools require review and revision to address the widespread misdiagnosis of thoracic aortic dissection.
In 2020, The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch published an investigation into delayed recognition of acute aortic dissection, which also made safety recommendations.
Follow the link below to read the coroner's report regarding Paul's death in full.
The author of both reports, Margaret Jones HM Assistant Coroner, notes the matters of concern are as follows:
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Evidence showed that:
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2. There was no check carried out for air embolus after the operation.
3. There was confusion between medical staff as to whether or not Mr Day was to be kept in for an over-night stay in hospital. As it turned out, he was not advised to stay in hospital over-night.
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