Headache Scenario (Responder)

You are working as a double crewed ECA Ambulance and are called to an 18-year-old female with a complaint of severe headache and vomiting. She has not long started her university course and a lot of her friends have been getting unwell with what people have been saying is ‘freshers flu’. Her symptoms seem to have got worse when her friends are recovering, and she grew concerned and called 999.

On arrival, the patient is in a dark room on her bed. She is alert but seems very drowsy. She states she started having flu-like symptoms with fever, joint pain and lethargy, but then she developed a headache and vomiting. The headache is worse with the lights on.