NCAHS ready to review procedures

NORTH Coast Area Health Service (NCAHS) says a review of procedures at Macksville Hospital is being discussed by senior staff, following the misdiagnosis of a meningococcal patient.

After investigating the incident NCAHS issued an apology to Valla man, Dylan Honey, who was sent home from Macksville hospital with painkillers, returning hours later with worsening symptoms before being taken to Coffs Harbour.

At Coffs Harbour Health Campus, the 24-year-old was hastily given an increased dose of antibiotics and told without treatment he would have died within 48 hours.

“They knew they were running out of time and guessed I had meningococcal meningitis,” Mr Honey said. Doctors at Coffs hospital took spinal fluid and found it was milky instead of clear and riddled with bacteria, confirming their suspicions.

“I was put on constant Panadol, endone and morphine,” Mr Honey said.

Mr Honey is still recovering and has to remain close to a hospital for six weeks.

A North Coast Area Health Service spokesperson said senior management at Macksville hospital has been contacted and are considering appropriate action. The spokesperson said changes will be implemented following a review of systems and procedures but the review will not happen immediately.



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