Student would not have died if he had been seen face-to-face by GP, family says

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He is a “caring, charismatic and funny” law student’s family who believe he would not have died if he had been seen face to face by a GP.

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David Nash, a 26-year-old mature student and musician, played a . conducted four remote consultations with doctors and nurses in Leeds GPs practice over a period of 19 days before dying on 4 November 2020.

None His family said doctors noticed he had mastoiditis in his ear, which had caused a brain abscess, leading to meningitis.


David’s parents, Andrew and Anne, want to find out for certain whether mastoiditis would have been attenuated and easily treated with antibiotics if their son made his first appointment at Burley Park Medical Center on October 14. During the face-to-face test. , 2020.

Mr and Mrs Nash, from Nantwich, Cheshire She believes the phone consultations later further missed opportunities to diagnose her son’s life-threatening condition.

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He said that when David worsened dramatically on 2 November, he and his partner, Ellie, had five “conch” calls with the NHS 111 system – one of which classified their presentation as “dental”. was – which culminated in his being taken to St. James. Hospital In Leeds, by ambulance.

Once at the emergency department, he said, he was left alone, despite being confused and in critical condition, and fell, injuring his head.

Despite brave efforts by neurosurgeons at Leeds General Infirmary to rescue him, David died two days later.

Airline pilot Andrew Nash, 56, told the PA news agency: “Mastoiditis is easily treatable with modern antibiotics and should never be left to the stage where it causes a complication of a brain abscess.

If he had covid he would have been treated. That’s the irony.

“He should never have gone to A&E in that condition. This is something that should have been sorted out before then and after contacting his GP practice on four occasions, for not seeing him I think the primary The reason is that they failed to recognize and treat their condition.

He said: “Here was a man who presented four times with several persistent symptoms, and a fever for nine days despite a negative Covid test, and still no clear diagnosis.”

Mr Nash said: “I wish David had Covid. If he had covid, he would have been treated.

“That’s the irony.”

Mr and Mrs Nash are paying thousands of pounds for an independent neurosurgeon to figure out how their son died and they are hopeful the investigation, which begins in Wakefield on 30 November, will respond.

They also hope that there will be a change in the attitude of gram panchayats towards face-to-face consultations.

Mr Nash said: “How do you diagnose an ear infection without actually looking into the ear what type of ear infection is it?”

He added: “I would argue that any symptoms he exhibits, which require an ear examination, reveal the true extent of his chronic middle ear disease and his mastoiditis, which is really ground zero.” There was complexity they developed.”

Mrs Nash, 59, said: “They should open up – triaging, but seeing patients appropriately. I think the public’s fear is that they will never return to see people now.

David was just starting his second year of law degree University of Leeds And his parents said that he is passionate about working for social justice and human rights.

He went to university for many years after enjoying life as a drummer in Leeds’ music scene, where he was a central and popular figure, toured Europe with his band, Werds, and recorded an album.

His father said: “David was caring, charismatic and witty, managing to find humor in almost everything, no matter how mundane it was.

“He had a lot of friends. They miss him dearly.

“Two of them lined up to be their best man. He was very funny. He was 6 feet 7 inches tall so when he walked into the room you saw him.

Mr Nash said: “He was very principled, which is why I think he was so disappointed because he always looked after everyone and in times of need, it would have been nice if people would find him.”

His mother said: “He was very dear and dear. I think it’s because he was fair and honest. He had a kindly serious side but he was a very funny man. He entertained us all.”

The GP practice and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs St James’s Hospital, both said they were unable to comment prior to the investigation.

Last week, the government said patients would be given a new right to demand face-to-face appointments and that GP surgeries that fail to provide an appropriate level of “access” would be named and shamed.

NHS England said GP practices should “respect preferences for face-to-face care unless there are good clinical reasons to the contrary”.

An NHS spokesman said: “The NHS expresses its sincere condolences to David’s family and will respond to any findings from the coroner. As part of making primary care as accessible as possible, each GP practice will be accompanied by a face-to-face- Also telephone and online appointments should be provided.


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