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Tragic death of young mum

PUBLISHED: 13:33 07 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:42 03 July 2010

Laura Bagshaw

A 19 YEAR OLD mum died of bronchial pneumonia just three days after an out-of-hours medial service told her family she had flu and advised paracetamol and drink plenty of fluids.

A 19 YEAR OLD mum died of bronchial pneumonia just three days after an out-of-hours medial service told her family she had flu and advised paracetamol and drink plenty of fluids.

NHS Yarmouth and Waveney has now launched an investigation after Clare Secker's parents, Michael and Janice, said more should have been done by the out-of-hours medical service Take Care Now, based in Ipswich.

Tributes came flooding in this week for the popular teenager who was looking forward to moving into a flat on the Shrublands estate with son Tyler who will celebrate his first birthday on Thursday.

Mr Secker, of Sussex Road, said things could have been different if Clare had seen a doctor.

He said: “I honestly think if there was a doctor on duty someone would have come out and see her and things could have been different.”

Clare had been feeling unwell for several days and on Boxing Day her mother called the doctor. As the surgery was closed, her call was put through to the out-of-hours service.

“They asked for Clare's symptoms and told my wife they were very busy,” explained Mr Secker, 52.

Clare had a high temperature, felt weak and wasn't eating. “We were advised to give her paracetamol and make sure she drank plenty of fluids,” said Mr Secker.

However, in the early hours of Monday last week, Clare took a turn for the worse and after struggling to get out of bed she collapsed.

Her parents called for an ambulance which arrived within minutes but despite several attempts to resuscitate Clare in the ambulance and later at the James Paget University Hospital, she died.

Clare is a former pupil of Stradbroke Primary, Peterhouse Middle and Oriel High School, all in Gorleston, and after leaving school at 16 worked at The Piccolo Restaurant on Beach Road in the town.

Dr Chris Price, medical director for NHS Yarmouth and Waveney, said: “We are in the midst of an enquiry as to what happened as a result of her mother's telephone call to the out-of-hours service on Boxing Day and in the days subsequent to that call.

“We will act on any findings that suggest the care she received fell below the standards we expect.”


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