Prescription drugs ‘contributed to Theresa Feehan’s death’

A mum of seven died with toxic levels of prescription drugs in her body after visiting a surgery that had out of date records missing patient conditions.

Theresa Feehan, 58, was given a drug on 10 March 2018 which, combined with other medication, contributed to her death two days later, a coroner said.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has since called medicine reviews at Lisson Grove Health Centre "ineffective".

The London surgery said it could not comment due to patient confidentiality.

Mrs Feehan had breathing problems for more than two decades and used home oxygen, a treatment coroner Dr Fiona Wilcox said "was not even recorded on the active problem list" at the surgery.

'Absolute joke'

Dr Wilcox said records were "missing many relevant, serious medical conditions" and drugs that were potentially dangerous to Mrs Feehan because of their respiratory depressant effect had been continued, despite reviews.

She said there was "no proper reason or rationale" for the dose of amitriptyline she was taking which, alongside the dihyrdocodeine she was given on 10 March, was found to have contributed to her death in association with underlying lung disease.

A CQC report inspection after her death found medication reviews at the surgery "were not well-coded or documented which meant we were not assured that patients were always receiving the correct care, treatment and monitoring for their conditions".

Inspectors discovered "one patient with asthma with no mention of a diagnosis of asthma at all" and another whose prescription was incorrectly coded for depression.

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