"operation via tremor unit for serious wrist hand..."
About: Lister Hospital Lister Hospital Stevenage SG1 4AB
Posted by Patricia Gillis
on the 18th August had a nasty fall and went to QE2 A&E with what was a broken arm. The brake I have since found out is one which requires fixing with a metal plate to stop shorterning of wrist. However I was subjected to over 40mins of manipulation in total pain and a cast fitted which was extremely tight and crossed my fingers, after 2 days of excoriating pain I saw the consultant the following Tuesday. The cast was removed and replaced straight away as the consultant could not believe that I had been left in this way, I was also told that the arm required an operation asap to put it right and that I would be put on a tremor list and the operation carried out Thurs/Friday. However I heard nothing until my doctor rang the tremor unit on Saturday and was assurred it would take place Tuesday as there had been a high level of cases. Tuesday came and went. Wednesday evening I got a call to say don't eat from 12 tonight you will likely be in tomorrow, we will ring and confirm at 9am. 9am a phone call informed me that there were no beds and I couldn't be operated on until Friday and even this was not a guaranteed place. This is now 12 days after the accident. The lister needs to serously think about managing thier lists and keeping patients informed. If dates can't be met then a patients should be able to be refered to another hospital who can handle it. The pain and tremor I have gone through is dreadful. I have now taken things into my own hands and am being treated by another hosipal who will carrying out operation on Monday and could have done this last week had I have known. The NHS has serious management issues and this just highlights them.