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KATE MANSEY: I nearly died of a burst appendix… After three GPs refused to see me face to face during lockdown
- Kate Mansey was refused three face-to-face GP appointments in South London
- She spoke to GP over phone and was initially diagnosed with viral gastroenteritis
- Mother discovered her appendix had burst after going King’s College Hospital
- GPs also refused to see Olly Bradford, five, in lockdown – and his appendix burst
The voice came from somewhere above my head: ‘She’s spiking.’ I’m no medic, but as I lay there, in A&E, it struck me that when they start speaking about you and not to you, it is probably a good indication that you’re really rather ill.
Within moments of the spike – medical terminology for a sudden, sharp rise in temperature – blood samples were taken from my arm, and penicillin and rehydration fluids were put in.
I lay back and watched the choreography of doctors and nurses moving in and out of my room, all of them trying to figure out how I had ended up here. With an agonising stomach pain – even worse than childbirth – there was no one more anxious for a diagnosis than me.
It had all started innocently enough. Five days beforehand, on Easter Sunday, I’d been absolutely fine. I was with my husband and two young children, visiting my parents in their back garden. The sunshine was glorious and as I watched the kids play, I turned to my husband and said: ‘This is the most relaxed I’ve felt in ages.’
Kate Mansey, pictured above, was refused three face-to-face GP appointments before going to King’s College Hospital in Camberwell and finding out her appendix had burst
That night was a different story. At 9pm I suddenly felt as if I had been punched in the stomach. I roamed around the house like a wounded animal, not knowing whether to stand, sit or lie down.
Neither paracetamol nor ibuprofen (I took both) made a dent in the pain. Then I started to vomit. All night and all the next day, too.