"calpol x4day... for a brain tumour! Thank God for..."

About: Chesterfield Royal Hospital

What I liked

Nothing. You failed in your care of my child.

What could be improved

My 5 year old daughter was sent by my concerned GP to the hospital in october suffering from recurrent worsening headaches and vomiting. We were sent away with calpol 4 times a day to cure the headaches which were possibly migraines, and told if they thought it was anything more serious they would be doing a scan. Less than a week later I took my poorly child to sheffield childrens hospital where within an hour they had scanned her and diagnosed a brain tumour and excess fluid on her brain. She had the tumour removed less than 12 hours later.

The doctors must take recurrent vomiting and headaches more seriously! We were told the fluid on our daughters brain was so great that if we hadn't taken her to the hospital when we did she would have probably died.

This is not the first time your hospital has failed my daughter.

Anything else?

I hope I never have to take either of my children to our local chesterfield hospital again. Our first choice would always be the amazing sheffield children's hospital.

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Response from Chesterfield Royal Hospital

We absolutely appreciate how devastating this has been for you and since you posted this comment I am aware that you have met with hospital staff to discuss what happened to your daughter. We have of course apologised for the distress and worry you and your family have been through and cannot begin to imagine how traumatic this has been. As a result we are working with Sheffield Children's Hospital to determine what we need to do to ensure this does not happen to another young child - and our clinical pathways for children presenting with headaches will be changed as a result. This does not sadly change your experiences, but I hope it assures you we have taken your concerns seriously and acted to improve. I hope your daughter is continuing to make a good recovery. Sarah Turner-Saint, Head of Communications

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