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Woman dies after being 'fobbed off' by nurse

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A woman has died from deep vein thrombosis only two days after an NHS walk-in-centre nurse failed to spot her symptoms, a coroner has ruled.

The inquest heard Rebecca Cain, 26, had diagnosed her own condition after checking her symptoms online but was “fobbed off” by nurse Claire Firkin, at the centre in Nottingham.

Coroner Geoff Fell said he would be asking NHS Nottingham City to carry out a serious case review.

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  • At the end of the day nurses are trained recognise symptoms but should it not be a GP to diagnose and scan's and D dimer tests to confirm

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  • However, nurses in the Walk-in centre receive basic physical examination training and are then expected to diagnose or to refer to doctor. A doctor once said to me when he was mentoring me on a 6 month physical examination course - "they want you to know in 6 months what it's taken me 16 years to learn". During my mentoring it became claer to me that having a basic knowledge was inadequate in general practice. The pressure to keep people out of hospital at almost any cost was too great and I left!

    It's not the nurses' fault when they are led to believe they are fully qualified to diagnose after a basic course. Mistakes will be made as "you don't know what you don't know".

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