An error at Warrington Hospital has caused a family to believe their daughter may have had leukaemia.
Bosses at the north-western medical establishment have put in place new measures after a six-year-old girl did not receive the necessary drugs to help her fight a nasty urinary infection, according to the Warrington Guardian.
Nurses at Warrington Hospital recorded that the the weight of the youngster was 12kg, rather than 21kg and this mistake meant she was given a dosage that was too small to make any real difference and the girl's health continued to deteriorate.
It is believed the employees may have accidentally reversed the two numbers, but this relatively simple error caused undue panic for the unnamed girl's parents, as they thought she may have had leukaemia due to the symptoms she was displaying.
The youngster's mum, who wishes to stay anonymous, told the Warrington Guardian: "We were put through hell and back.
"When the mistake was finally noted I first just felt relief and was ringing everyone telling them she was going to be okay but then relief quickly turned to anger and frustration. The medication was not touching the infection and it had increased to the point my daughter’s health had gone dramatically downhill."
It was an extremely stressful time for all involved and doctors began to believe her problem may have been something potentially life-threatening.
The girl was sent for chest x-rays and other diagnostic tests and it was days before anybody checked her charts and made sure that her details had been registered correctly.
A spokesperson for Warrington Hospital responded to the criticisms and admitted it made a mistake.
In order to prevent similar incidents from happening again a new addition to a training programme will urge nurses to be more careful when putting down details on charts.
Workers at the medical centre will also be given tutelage that will help them estimate a child's weight based on their age.
By Chris Stevenson