Rabies patient turned away from hospital

An investigation is under way into how a woman suffering from rabies was reportedly turned away from a hospital Emergency Department.

The Health Protection Agency has confirmed a case of the potentially fatal disease in a patient bitten by a dog in South Asia.

The woman, believed to be a Grandmother in her 50s, is now being treated at London's Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

In a statement Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust said:

"If a patient does present at hospital with vague symptoms a doctor is unlikely to consider rabies as a diagnosis unless the patient highlights wild animal contact in an at risk country. The hospital responded to the information supplied by the patient at the time."


Grandmother Dies From Rabies

The potentially fatal disease was confirmed in a patient from London who had been bitten by a dog in South Asia. She has died in hospital