Most people go to the GP as the first port of call when they feel ill. It is the GP's job to be able to identify when a patient has a condition which needs treatment by the GP or nurses in the surgery or needs referral to the hospital. If a patient is being treated in the surgery by GP or nurses, then that treatment should be of a reasonable standard.
The following are examples of unreasonable standards of care:
- failure to act on blood test results
- failure to note and act on developing and/or spreading infection
- failure to identify abnormal symptoms
- failure to refer to hospital
- making a routine referral instead of an urgent referral
- failing to diagnose ischaemia
- failing to identify the signs of DVT or pulmonary emboli
Negligence can include failure to manage and treat conditions such as:
- Crohn's diease
which can lead to severe even life threatening deterioration.