Doctor says he’s thought about a meningitis misdiagnosis ‘every day since’ the toddler’s death: inquest

It was Dr Paul Bumford's first shift as a locum at the hospital which was in the midst of pandemic 'chaos', coroner hears.
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Dr Paul Bumford. Photo: AAP.

A doctor who misdiagnosed a 19-month-old with gastroenteritis, days before the toddler died of meningitis, says it was a “huge error” he has thought about every day since it happened.

Dr Paul Bumford started his first shift as an ED locum at Wangaratta Hospital in rural Victoria about an hour after Noah Souvatzis was admitted.