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Patient who ended up in A&E with blood clot slams Bromsgrove GP for not listening to prescription concerns

Tristan Harris 19th Nov, 2021 Updated: 20th Nov, 2021

A BROMSGROVE woman has slammed a town GP, claiming medication she was prescribed landed her in hospital with a blood clot despite her voicing concerns about it.

Rebecca Pitt was suffering with a continuous cough for 12 days and was told to wait a bit longer before getting treatment.

Five days later it had still not improved so she went back to New Road Surgery and was prescribed antibiotics and steroids by Dr Rizk.

Miss Pitt, who has a history of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and blood clots in previous pregnancies, expressed concerns that clotting was one of the side effects listed on the accompanying information leaflets for the steroids.

She said the doctor told her it should be fine but, after taking the medication for two days, she felt her leg swelling and was in agony.

Having experienced blood clots before, she suspected that was what it was called 111 and was told to go to hospital.

At the Alexandra Hospital, medics confirmed there was clotting in her leg and she was given drugs to prevent it going to her lung.

She was also given Eliquis Apixaban, which she will now have to take for the rest of her life.

She said: “I can’t believe this has happened – I expressed my fears to the doctor at the time but he ignored them.

“This could easily have been avoided if the doctor would have listened to my concerns.”

Miss Pitt has now submitted a formal complaint with the practice.

In a letter seen by the Standard to Miss Pitt, the practice acknowledged receipt of the complaint and said it would be investigated by a clinician so it could provide a full written response.

We contacted New Road Surgery which said it did not comment on individual cases.

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