Ipswich Hospital 'sent dying child home'

A two-year-old girl died of meningitis after being sent home by a Suffolk hospital, an inquest has heard.

Rihanna Warner's parents were concerned about her high temperature and took her to the Riverside Clinic and then Ipswich Hospital in December 2009.

They were sent home without a diagnosis and five hours later Rihanna was rushed to hospital and died in accident and emergency, the inquest heard.

Consultant paediatrician Pravin Desai said hospital policy had changed.

A post-mortem examination determined she died from Meningococcal Septicaemia, the inquest was told.

Dr Desai told the hearing that meningitis is very difficult to diagnose and every case is different.

But he admitted that NICE guidelines meant Rihanna should have been kept in hospital.

Since Rhianna's death, a leaflet is given to parents, he added.

The hearing continues.

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