A baby’s first Christmas was ruined when she stopped breathing and was rushed to hospital - despite her mother’s desperate attempts to alert medical centre staff of her symptoms.
Emergency services were called to one-year-old Rosie’s Worksop home on Christmas Day after her family were distraught to discover she had stopped breathing and turned blue.
The tot had been displaying flu-like symptoms for days but was refused a home visit by staff at the nearby Newgate Medical Group centre, Newgate Street, despite requests from mum Rebecca Binnington.
Said Rebecca: “Rosie fell ill a couple of days before Christmas and I took her to Newgate where she was prescribed medicine.”
“However, the medicine didn’t seem to work and her illness got worse. I called the medical centre repeatedly and asked for a home visit which was refused. I don’t drive and there was no way I was going to walk there in the freezing cold when she was so poorly.
“It was a terrifying experience that could have been avoided if I hadn’t been ignored.”
It was revealed that Rosie’s airways were blocked due to a build up of mucus brought on by the flu, but she has since been discharged from hospital and is on the road to recovery.
Rebecca added: “I want to warn other parents that these things do happen.”
Shelia Smith, practice manager, said: “We have arranged to meet with Rebecca to discuss the matter. We do not think it appropriate to discuss this publicly.”