Tragic Averil Hart Who Died From Anorexia After Losing Third Of Body Weight In First Uni Term Forces Docs To Change Treatment


THE death of a teenager who lost almost a third of her body weight in just three months has sparked a change in anorexia treatment.

Averil Hart, 19, died of anorexia after a string of “shocking” failings by GPs and specialists in 2012.

PA:Press Association Averil Hart, 19, had been at university for ten weeks, starving herself

The student’s death was slammed an “avoidable tragedy”.

Now six years on, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has said it had “responded with seriousness to the findings” of a report that found there had been multiple missed opportunities to save the teen’s life.

Chief executive Tracy Dowling told the BBC the trust had put an action plan in place with good rigour”.

She said a “clear focus” would be put in place to help staff recognise life-threateningly ill patients with anorexia.

PA:Press Association Averil’s death was ‘avoidable’, a report into the teen’s death found

PA:Press Association The young woman had lost two stone in just three months

The service will also lead a regional seminar in how to provide safe and effective care for patients with severe anorexia.

The Trust had been ordered to apologise to Averil’s family, paying them £3,000 in compensation.

It comes after a scathing report by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman found Averil was let down by every part of the organisation that should have cared for her.

GPs failed to check her weight and one unsympathetic consultant refused to speak to her worried dad, despite treating Averil a few months earlier.

PA:Press Association Medics had not tracked Averil’s weight or mental health before her death

Medics deleted emails to cover up their errors and refused to take responsibility – instead being “defensive and protective of themselves”.

Last year, grieving dad Nic Hart slammed the care given to the teen after spending £20,000 investigating her death.

He said: “The care that Averil received was Third World – they left a high-risk patient to fend for herself.

“Not only was the care that Averil received negligent, but the investigation of her death took far too long and this has resulted in further unnecessary deaths.

“We lost our beautiful daughter… and all we want are honest answers.”

Averil was found collapsed in her university room at East Anglia after losing two stone – nearly a third of her body weight – in less than three months.

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