My life was on hold as I waited for surgery

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A grand­dad said his life was on hold af­ter he waited seven months for vi­tal knee surgery de­spite be­ing promised to be seen within 12 weeks.

The 70-year-old this week told the Len­nox Her­ald how he couldn’t make plans to see his grand­chil­dren who stay in Ire­land for fear of miss­ing his ap­point­ment or hav­ing to can­cel his trip at the last minute.

When it was first con­firmed he would be put for­ward for a knee re­place­ment last Au­gust, the Cardross man was sent a leaflet from the health board say­ing the op­er­a­tion would be car­ried out within 12 weeks.

But he was left wait­ing un­til late last month for the surgery to ac­tu­ally take place.The pen­sioner told us:“I got con­fir­ma­tion I was on the wait­ing list on Au­gust 4, 2016.When they send you this, they also send you a leaflet from NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde which gives you a 12-week guar­an­tee to get this op­er­a­tion done. Un­for­tu­nately I be­lieved that.”

In mid-October the pa­tient was sent an­other let­ter ex­plain­ing that the 12-week time­frame wouldn’t be met which led to him call­ing up the sur­geon’s sec­re­tary to find out more.

He con­tin­ued:“She couldn’t give me any in­for­ma­tion.That was in the mid­dle to the end of October.

“My daugh­ter and grand­chil­dren stay in the Repub­lic of Ire­land. My wife and I go to visit them. I thought ’I don’t want to make ar­range­ments and then have to go to hos­pi­tal’. I only got my date on Jan­uary 26 and the op­er­a­tion was done on Fe­bru­ary 24.”

Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie stepped in to help a num­ber of lo­cal peo­ple across Dum­bar­ton, theVale and He­lens­burgh ar­eas be­ing made to wait.

She said:“I have met nu­mer­ous pa­tients who have been wait­ing months longer than they should have for knee, hip and back op­er­a­tions.

“Many of these pa­tients have been un­able to go about their daily lives due to the se­vere pain they have been liv­ing with for months. It is time for the health sec­re­tary to get a grip on wait­ing times.”

The chief ex­ec­u­tive of NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde, Robert Calder­wood, con­firmed that the or­thopaedic ser­vice is“cur­rently un­der sig­nif­i­cant pres­sure due to an in­creased de­mand for emer­gency and elec­tive surgery.”

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glas­gow and Clyde said: “Un­for­tu­nately a num­ber of or­thopaedics pa­tients have waited longer than we would like and we apol­o­gise for this.”

A Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment spokesman con­firmed an ad­di­tional £10mil­lion will be avail­able to ad­dress out­pa­tient wait­ing times this year.

He added:“We are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing all pa­tients have swift ac­cess to the full range of ser­vices they need.”

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