"Concern about infection after back surgery"

About: Ipswich Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as a relative),

My mother had decompression back surgery in mid-May. 2 weeks post op she was admitted to Addenbrookes hospital as an emergency with a very nasty infection. She will need to be on IV antibiotics for sometime and has been in considerable pain and discomfort.

The lady in the bed opposite to her in Addenbrookes had the same op by the same team in Ipswich 2 weeks before her and has had an infection which has caused loss of sensation in her legs.

I am concerned that something is going on which is causing a high incidence of infection and needs to be investigated.

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Responses

Response from Dominic Mundy, Patient and Carer Experience Manager, Clinical Directorate, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

Good afternoon,

Many thanks for taking the time to raise your concerns with us here at Ipswich Hospital. I am terribly sorry to hear about the complications that followed your mothers back surgery.

I have been in touch with our spinal consultant team who will be best placed to respond to your concerns directly, as soon as I have heard back from them I will be sure to get back to you with a more detailed response.

Many thanks again for your feedback I shall be in touch very shortly.

Dominic Mundy

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Response from Dominic Mundy, Patient and Carer Experience Manager, Clinical Directorate, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

I can only apologise for the delay in this follow up response.

The Spinal department is reviewing all appropriate cases to ensure that we have not had an increase in post-operative infections within this speciality but will act accordingly depending on the findings.

The Spinal service has a routine mechanism for monitoring its rates of infection and have no data at present that demonstrates that post-operative infection is rising or we are outlier in terms of infection rates with similar services.

We would welcome our patients to make contact with their Consultant and the spinal department so we can address their concerns and any care or treatment needs they have.

Many thanks for your patience.

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Response from Dominic Mundy, Patient and Carer Experience Manager, Clinical Directorate, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust

David Cummings, Consultant Spinal Surgeon, has now received details from Addenbrooke’s that there was indeed one patient with an infection that had been admitted to CU NHS FT, this had not been communicated with us so we could investigate. From examination of the case there was no changes that would be required and this would not change the position of our infection rates still falling within required standards.

If you have any further concerns at all please dont hesitate in getting in touch, my direct email address is dominic.mundy@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or by telephone on 01473 702 536.

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