"Wrong information and non to patient. "

About: Tameside General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I found out yesterday that someone had noted me down as having sciatica. I hadn't complained of it at all. My only problem was a foot injury that I got when I had a fall in the ward. I have never had sciatica. There's no wonder I received no treatment for my injured foot and now I'm left needing a walking aide. The doctors never told me nor did the staff. I was just left dragging my painful foot along. It was nothing like sciatica. They chattered amongst themselves but not to me as the patient.

I am 77 and before this injury I was extremely active. I was doing Zumba, I went swimming and I used to ride my bicycle. I've been left with a bad disability and my quality of life has been hugely affected. Surely it was obvious it was nothing like sciatica? It's taken me 5 months to get this information as I was unable to get to the surgery and enquire. I am a former nurse so I do have a good understanding of health matters.

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Response from John Goodenough, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for sharing your experience. Please contact PALS / Complaints on 0161 922 6025 in order that we can investigate the issues you have raised.

Kind regards,

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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Update posted by Walks9 (the patient)

Unhelpful response.

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