Family upset at probe

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A BEREAVED family is upset that a review launched after the sudden death of their teenage daughter has dragged on for three months.

A multi-agency review involving the NHS, the police and a private health firm began last December following Shannon Deakin’s death, aged just 16.

Shannon died from a blood clot just hours after being sent home by an out-of-hours GP at Barnsley District General Hospital.

The Dearne Valley College student had been taken to the out-of-hours centre at the hospital after complaining of leg pains.

The centre is run by Care UK under contract to NHS Barnsley. The company says the doctor involved in Shannon’s case has not worked at the centre since.

But Shannon’s parents, Susan, 43, and Bryan, 59, of Croft Road, Hoyland, are frustrated with the lack of information from the authorities.

Mrs Deakin, a shop worker, said: “It is so frustrating. We will never get closure because Shannon was our only daughter and nothing will bring her back, but until this is over the inquest can’t take place and we can’t even get a death certificate.

“We have asked about what happened to the doctor involved but we have been told nothing. Our lives have been destroyed by what happened, but we don’t seem to be a priority for the people doing the investigation.”

A spokesman for Care UK said the review was still underway: “The review is not yet complete and the doctor involved is still not working for us. As far as I am aware we are still working with the police and health trust to investigate the death.”

An NHS Barsnley spokesman said: “Working closely with our local health partners, including Barnsley’s out-of-hours service provider, which is based at the hospital, we are in the process of concluding findings from a full review undertaken into the cirumstances leading to this tragic event.”

Shannon collapsed at home on the evening of December 4 having seen the GP just 12 hours earlier, according to her parents.

They say she was sent home, having been told she needed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs and advised to see her own family doctor if the pain did not subside. She collapsed and died of a pulmonary embolism before she could do that.

The Deakins are also considering taking legal action when the investigation is concluded because they believe the doctor did not do enough to help their daughter.

Hundreds of mourners attended Shannon’s funeral just before Christmas. Her favourite band, JLS, also sent a tribute.