"My sons leg ulcer"

About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / General Internal Medicine

(as a relative),

My son was taken into the Royal Infirmary because of an infection on his ankle. He was told there was a risk that he would need to have his leg amputated because if the infection but then another doctor thought there was a 90% chance that the leg could be saved with treatment.

Treatment using a vacuum pump was started and my son was discharged, he was told he would be called within a month to review his ulcer and discuss further treatment and a possible operation.

During this time my son lost around 2 stones in weight and was called in to the hospital for a CT scan. They would normally inject dye through a vein in an arm but because of the weight he had lost it was agreed they would inject the dye using a catheter in his neck. In January / February he was booked into hospital for the CT scan, he had an appointment and was taken in for teh scan an hour and a half later.

45 minutes later he was brought out in tears. They had been trying all that time to get a vein in his arm. The scan did not happen on that day.

A further appointment came through, we went thinking it was for the scan but the doctor was more interested in look at his leg and after examining it could not put the vacuum pump dressing on as they did not have any. We have now been told the doctor has changed their mind about the amputation and my son is now suicidal. We should have had a lot more information in November when we first went to the hospital.

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Response from Linda Oldroyd, Nurse Consultant Patient Safety and Experience, NHS Grampian

Dear relative

I can see that your son has had a very difficult time and that you have been going through this with him. Some aspects of your son's experience seem to me to warrant further investigation. For example why was there no vacuum pump dressing, what was done instead? It is very important that all patients have the information they need to make informed decisions about their care and that they are kept up to date with treatment plans. It does not seem that this happened with your son.

I am really sorry you have beed through this difficult time together.

Please ask you son to call me if he would like us to look more closely at his case. I would also invite you as a parent to share your experiences of this situation with me. If either you or your son would like to get in touch please call me on 01224 558449 or email me at loldroyd@nhs.net

I hope your son is able to get the care he needs. His physical and mental health both need care and attention. If you are worried about your son you should contact your GP. Your GP should be able to find out from the hospital what the course of action is to be.

Kind regards,

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