The rapid death of a young mother at Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley has been put down to a failure on the part of the hospital staff to recognise the symptoms of sepsis and necrotising fasciitis.

As reported on the BBC recently, Natalie Billingham died 72 hours after attending A&E with pain in her foot and symptoms of an infection.

Extreme pain in the area of a wound or cut to the skin is a key sign of necrotising fasciitis and, when associated with the symptoms of an infection such as a high temperature and fast heartbeat, could be a sign of this shocking and potentially fatal illness.

Following the death of Mrs Billingham, one of the treating practitioners has been suspended and the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust is carrying out an internal investigation.

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