Ipswich: Medics defend their diagnosis of sick tot

SHOCKED parents of a toddler rushed to a London hospital with a life-threatening heart condition have today told of their shock that doctors in Ipswich diagnosed the tot with tonsillitis.

Harry Robb was taken to the minor injuries unit at the Riverside Clinic on June 3 after he developed severe breathing problems.

But the then 22-month-old was sent home with penicillin.

When his condition worsened he was admitted to Ipswich Hospital before medics took the decision to transfer him to the Evelina Hospital in London where he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy – a sign the tot’s heart was failing.

Sean and Lisa Robb, of Celestion Drive, complained to Harmoni, which operates the Suffolk out-of-hours doctors service, claiming they had missed the heart condition.


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But today Mr Robb told the Star he is “shocked and angry” that health bosses have stood by their diagnosis of tonsillitis in a letter to the family.

“They believe they diagnosed him correctly. They said he had tonsillitis,” he said. “No other doctors said he had tonsillitis so we were really shocked. It made us quite angry. Harry is home and doing all right, he still has to go back to hospital for checks.”

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In the letter, Dr Christopher Browning, GP adviser for Harmoni said: “I am very sorry to learn on admission to hospital, Harry was found to have a significant heart problem.

“As I have said however, I believe that the diagnosis made by Nurse F was a reasonable fit to the information available by the end of the consultation and I believe other clinicians would have come to this conclusion in similar circumstances and with the same information.”

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