Girl, six, died after doctor 'failed to spot meningitis'

From BBC - March 7, 2018

A six-year-old girl died after a doctor missed a "classic indicator" that she had meningitis, an inquest heard.

Layla Rose Ermenekli was taken to Royal Oldham Hospital with a high temperature, leg and stomach pains and a tell-tale rash on her hip, and died eight hours later.

Dr Harsha Rajanna said he asked her mother Kirsty about the hip mark and was told she bumped into a table.

Mrs Ermenekli said the exchange never happened.

The hearing was told that Layla, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, was a lively girl who loved playing with her friends and dancing. She became ill in February last year and was taken to the hospital's accident and emergency department.

She was triaged as "priority two" at 20:55 GMT and should have been seen by a doctor within 10 minutes, but Dr Rajanna did not see her until 22:50 GMT.

Mrs Ermenekli told the inquest he said Layla could go home and she felt pressured to take her.

A nurse called in junior doctor Imogen Buck who saw the non-blanching rash - a "classic indicator" of meningitis.


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