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Doctor 'did not know' about infected sore
12:38pm Saturday 24th August 2013 in News
A DOCTOR said he did not know about a wound possibly caused by spilt tea when he examined a 73- year-old woman the day before she went to hospital with a “gangrenous” sore.
Retired nurse Margaret Young had been at the Beechcroft Manor Nursing Home, in Gosport.
An inquest in Portsmouth has heard she had a red mark and was later taken to hospital but died of sepsis three days later, on June 20 last year.
However, Dr Peter Garratt, GP at the Stoke Road Surgery in Gosport, who saw Mrs Young on out-of-hours duty the day before the hospital referral, said he had not been aware of such a wound and it had not been raised by staff.
The inquest has heard Mrs Young claimed tea had been spilled on her by a carer, though there are differing accounts of the night of the alleged incident.
Dr Garratt, one of several GPs to visit, said nurses felt Mrs Young was reaching the end of her life and were concerned over her responsiveness and chest infection.
He said he only had information relayed to him by the call, and that doctors relied on nurses to tell them about the patient.
He did not feel she needed hospital admission but increased antibiotics.
Averdict is expected onThursday.
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