Man sent home from Sheffield hospital with burst appendix - and told to take Gaviscon

Paul Barker, 29, from Darnall
Paul Barker, 29, from Darnall
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A man who was suffering with severe stomach pains was sent home from hospital with paracetamol – when his appendix had burst and was close to rupturing again.

Paul Barker, aged 29, has hit out at the doctor who sent him home from the A&E at the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield and told him to take paracetamol and Gaviscon.

Just hours later an ambulance rushed Paul back into hospital where he underwent a two-hour operation.

Paul, of Coleridge Road, Darnall, said: “He spent just moments examining me. When he pressed where my appendix were I said ‘ouch’ but he said I had gastroenteritis.

“He said I could leave and told me to take paracetamol and Gaviscon and the next day I would be fine.”

But overnight, on September 21, the pain got unbearable and the following morning Paul had to be rushed into hospital by ambulance.

“One of my appendix had burst and the other was close to rupturing,” he said.

“The paramedics said I shouldn’t have been let out in that condition.

“I want to know why the doctor didn’t pick up on the problem and why he didn’t examine me a bit more.”

David Throssell, medical director at Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said they were looking into the claims.

He said: “We are very sorry to hear of the concerns that Mr Barker has raised.

“We take these matters very seriously and we are reviewing Mr Barker’s care and will be providing a full response to him as soon as possible.”

Paul’s dad Harry, 52, of Stovin Drive, Darnall was with his son when he was first examined in the hospital’s A&E.

He said: “When they felt his stomach he said ‘ouch’.

“I couldn’t believe it when the doctor said nothing was wrong and it was just an upset tummy.

“He was in so much pain.”

Harry added: We’ve been told that if his appendix had burst again then he could have died.”