Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis (CAMHS)

Coleman Legal, through their team in Tralee, Co. Kerry, have recently been contacted by parents of children who attend the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) related to Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis

How we can help?

Keith Rolls, our lead solicitor, is ready to speak with the parents of the children who have been affected, as well as patients who are now 18 years old or older.

Free Phone 1800 844 104

Email: info@colemanlegal.ie

Overview

CAMHS Misdiagnosis

In April 2021, the HSE stated that it was reviewing the files of over 1500 children and adolescents who had received care between 2016 to 2020 at CAMHS South Kerry.  This was a result of concerns that had been raised about the care given in a number of cases.

The parents have recently been informed that their child’s mental health issue was misdiagnosed and consequently may have been prescribed incorrect medication over an extended period.

Coleman Legal understands that there may be over 1,500 children who attend Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), from towns and villages all over South Kerry, impacted by this prolonged misdiagnosis. Such failures are likely to have a detrimental effect on those who have been misdiagnosed and administered incorrect medication over a long period of time.

 

  • We are attending ‘arranged meetings’ with our clients for the CAMHS Medical Misdiagnosis and all who received the letter should have a solicitor present to ensure they are fully aware of the gravity of the situation.
  • Coleman Legal will discuss your experience with you and advise you on your rights. We will arrange to take up your or your child’s medical records, prepare all documentation and arrange medical and other appropriate reports. We will support you throughout the entire process.

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Initial Case Review

HSE Investigation

We understand that the HSE has now put an investigation team in place to review the files of all children & young adults that were treated by a non-consultant hospital doctor since 2016. The HSE team has carried out a preliminary review of a small number of patients’ files and has informed the parents of the affected families, of their concerns regarding the treatment afforded to their children.

The newly assembled HSE team must now review the records of the children and young adults who attended Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). It is believed that the doctor treating the children had previously treated adult patients and may have operated outside the scope of prescribing guidelines for children.

Coleman Legal believes that approx. 100 of the children’s records were selected for random review with numerous alarming practice errors discovered to date. There are undoubtedly concerns as to what this review may divulge, considering the worrying results of the initial random testing carried out. Furthermore, we understand that children that attended CAMHS and were from the North Kerry region had access to a Senior CAMHS Consultant. However, this option was not provided for patients in the South Kerry region.

Latest News and Updates

CAMHS Compensation Scheme

Recent News & Updates

20th April 2022

20th April 2022

Compensation scheme is ‘not adversarial’: Minister – RTE Radio 1

2nd Feb 2022

Kerry TD Pa Daly on review of North Kerry files must be commenced without delay

27th Jan 2022

View our correspondence with the HSE here

“Coleman Legal has issued open correspondence to the HSE expressing our concerns regarding the scope and quality of the review, missing medical records, and also how meetings with parents were conducted.

26th Jan 2022

Mental Health Services Scandal – RTE 1 

10th Jan 2022

Warning More Kerry Children May Have Been Over Medicated

Jerry speaks to Keith Rolls who is a partner at Coleman Legal (South). More than 60 patients who attended South Kerry Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) are being represented by Coleman Legal, who are concerned that they were prescribed dangerously high amounts of medication.

15th July 2021

A Mother’s Story – Live @ Radio Kerry

A mother relates her experience about her young son being over-medicated while in child mental health services in South Kerry. Solicitor Keith Rolls of Coleman Legal South, the Munster branch of Coleman Legal Solicitors, also spoke to Treasa.

21st April 2021

Sinn Fein TD, Mr. Pa Daly, addresses the Dail on the 21st of April regarding the HSE review of CAMHS in Co. Kerry 

Our CAMHS Misdiagnosis Team

At Coleman Legal, we have a team of highly qualified lawyers and legal executives with extensive experience in Medical Misdiagnosis specifically Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis (CAMHS). We are available to speak to the parents of the affected children in addition to patients who are now 18 years of age or older that may have been impacted by the misdiagnosis on the part of this HSE employee

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