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Death inquiry hears family's treatment concerns

Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court - Crown copyright image
The inquiry is taking place at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court

The parents of a young woman who died while on her way to hospital have told an inquiry of their concerns about her treatment by doctors before she died.

Victoria Pickup, 25, of Kirkpatrick Durham, died shortly after returning from a skiing holiday in 2007.

Her mother said the family was unhappy with the way she had been treated at a medical centre in Castle Douglas.

Ms Pickup's father told the inquiry he was "shocked" his daughter's pneumonia symptoms had not been detected sooner.

The inquiry at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court heard how the young woman had taken ill on 14 February 2007.

She could not keep food down and developed breathing problems and a rash on her face and neck.

Lodged complaint

She was seen by two doctors on two successive days but died on 16 February while being taken to hospital in Dumfries.

Her mother, Celia Pickup, told the inquiry she had been concerned at the difficulty of getting an appointment to see a doctor.

She added that she had not seen a stethoscope used during examinations of her daughter.

The inquiry also heard evidence from Richard Pickup who said he found it "difficult to understand" how two doctors had missed his daughter's pneumonia symptoms.

He said the family had made a complaint about the Gardenhill Primary Care Centre in Castle Douglas as a result of her treatment.

Mr Pickup added that they had not been satisfied by the findings of a subsequent investigation carried out by NHS Dumfries and Galloway.

The inquiry continues.

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