"Concerned by impact of postponed surgery"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Neurosurgery Queen Elizabeth Hospital Neurosurgery B15 2TH
Posted by Distraught worried (as ),
My mother was admitted from the outpatients dept 8 days ago having been progressively and rapidly losing limb function over the last 8-10 weeks.
Following her MRI scan she was put on the "emergency" list for major surgery to her neck/spine as the prognosis is that her condition will get worse without surgical intervention.
Her surgery still has not taken place and we have just heard it has been cancelled again (3rd time).
My mother has now been "nil by mouth" for the last 3 days. Her condition has markedly worsened since her admittance to the hospital and I question the ethics of keeping an 81 year old patient with a degenerative condition "NBM" for so long and repeatedly postponing her procedure as the risk of such surgery I am sure will increase as the patient's strength/wellness decreases.
I am extremely worried now about her failing health as we have now been told that it is unlikely that it will happen over the weekend. Have now tried everything we can think of to get the procedure done and now fear that she will not be well enough to undergo surgery anyway.