Initial Case Review
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 understand that there may be over 2,000 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 and that all who received the letter should have a solicitor present to ensure they are fully aware of the gravity of the situation. To speak with one of our experienced medical negligence solicitors call 1800 844 104 (Free Phone) or complete our online form.
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:
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 patient’s 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.
The ramifications of the misdiagnosis and incorrect prescription of medication may certainly have a lifelong impact on many the children who were attending CAMHS.
Mr Daly makes specific reference to the current shortcomings in care children and young adolescents are receiving and questions whether the shortcoming in auxiliary services may have led to a ‘rushed chemical intervention’.The ramifications of the misdiagnosis and incorrect prescription of medication may certainly have a lifelong impact on many the children who were attending CAMHS.
Coleman Legal have extensive experience in Medical Negligence specifically Psychiatric Illness & Misdiagnosis (CAMHS) and their Kerry team 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.