Reader letter: Deep concern at care delay

PUBLISHED: 14:24 25 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:24 25 March 2018

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Picture: Jeremy Durkin)

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (Picture: Jeremy Durkin)


Following your report of the long delay in the treatment of a seriously ill meningitis patient at the NNUH, I am writing on behalf of the Norfolk and Norwich Meningitis Now Community Help Group.

I express deep concern reading about the delay of urgent treatment needed in this rare case of viral meningitis and the lack of priority given to this patient.

When I had meningitis about 30 years ago at the then West Norwich Hospital, there used to be the Town Close Isolation Ward, which was instantly accessible and could mean the difference between a good recovery and problems for life.

The Town Close wards were restored in the early 1990s and yet this amazing facility was pulled down.

When I expressed my deep concern at this, I was told that the Intensive Care Unit would take over and be available at the NNUH and would be immediately accessible, which is vital.

I hope the NNUH has ensured that in future cases of meningitis are dealt with as the high priority which they ought to be and I hope that Amanda Buckland will have a healthy future, without further recurrence of her Mollaret’s meningitis.

The local Meningitis Help Group has an open meeting on the second Monday of each month at the excellent facility of the Charing Cross Centre in St John Maddermarket, Norwich from 2pm to 4pm.

Important information to help recognise the symptoms of meningitis is on permanent display and available there.

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