Henderson (administratrix of the estate of Dennis Robert Bolton, deceased; and on behalf of his dependents) v Hillingdon Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Negligence – Causation. The claimant administratrix succeeded in a claim against the defendant hospital trust for damages, following the death of her 77-year old father. He had initially complained of having flu-like symptoms, but had later died from anoxic brain injury, respiratory and cardiac arrest and severe acute epiglottitis. The Queen's Bench Division held that a preliminary diagnosis of pharyngitis by the defendant's doctor, who had seen the deceased at the hospital, had been unreasonable and that his failure to read the patient report form and triage notes, and to admit the deceased, instead of sending him home with oral antibiotics, amounted to a breach of duty. Accordingly, damages in the agreed sum of £75,000 were awarded.

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