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Student ‘would probably have survived had he been given an in-person appointment’

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David Nash, a 26-year-old college student University of Leedsdied on November 4, 2020 from mastoiditis in the ear that caused an abscess in the brain.

He had four phone consultations with one leeds Family doctor practice over a 19 day period in October and November 2020 but never received an in-person appointment.

AAssistant Abigail Combes told the Wakefield Coroner’s Court This failure to arrange for the musician’s personal investigation was a ‘missed opportunity’.

She said the GP’s failure to see Mr Nash meant the neurosurgery, which turned out to be a brain abscess, came 10 hours later than it could have been.

In her She concluded: “On November 2, 2020, there was a missed opportunity to direct David to receive personal care during his GP appointment that morning.

“Had he been directed by the GP office to seek in-person or urgent care, he most likely would have undergone neurosurgery about 10 hours earlier than he actually would have, which at this point is more likely not to have been successful.”

Mr Nash was a talented musician who toured Europe with his band Weirds for a number of years.

He had just started his second year of law studies at Leeds University when he died.

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