Suffolk

Junior doctor at Ipswich Hospital sent sick baby home

A doctor at a Suffolk hospital said an 11-month-old baby had a urinary tract infection and sent her home hours before she died from blood poisoning.

Ellie May Parsons became ill last December and her parents Darren Parsons and Kirsty Ludlow took her to Ipswich Hospital two minutes from their home.

The baby had meningococcal septicaemia, a blood infection caused by bacteria.

Dr Emma Traer told an inquest at the hospital it never crossed her mind to consult a more experienced colleague.

Siobhan Jordan, for Ipswich Hospital, said it had now brought in changes including keeping children potentially at risk under observation for much longer.

In a narrative verdict coroner Dr Peter Dean said every health professional had a duty to seek advice if ever there was doubt.

Hospital procedures changed

Ellie May Parsons was brought to the hospital in the middle of the night and was sent home.

Four hours later she was brought back by her parents because her condition had worsened, the inquest heard.

She was covered in a rash and was lifeless. A member of the emergency team took her into the resuscitation unit but an hour later she was dead.

Consultant paediatrician Matthew James told the inquest that meningococcal septicaemia was difficult to diagnose especially in a child so young and it took hold quickly.

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