About: Russells Hall Hospital Russells Hall Hospital Dudley DY1 2HQ
I visited the orthopedic dept 24th September and was told I would need a caudal epidural which I have had previously many years ago and it had no impact. I stressed that it was not the treatment I had hoped for nor was it what the physio I had seen prior to this appointment recommended but was told that was the plan end of discussion. I have just spoke to someone in the team on the phone to be told the waiting list is 18wks for this procedure, a procedure I don't particularly want as it didn't work in the past. If I had opted for this initially at the first appointment with the physio it would have been on a fast track 6 wk max wait but I opted to see the consultant knowing that it hadn't worked previously only to be left in constant pain and waiting longer than I would of if I had just agreed when it was offered by the physio. Why is it that if you see a consultant who specialises in this field you end up at the back of the queue but if you go along with the senior physio (who didn't think the epidural offered would help either!) you get this treatment within 6 weeks? Had I been made aware of all this I may have just gone along and had the caudal epidural because now if it fails to work as it previously has how long do I have to suffer until they try something else?!