Arthritis sufferer to get vital op after we step in
Mary was facing a nine-month wait for new hip
A Cambuslang woman, who has to crawl up the stairs on her hands and knees because of crippling arthritis, has been offered the hip replacement she was promised months ago after the Reformer intervened.
Mary Nixon had been told it could be more than nine months before she had the hip operation she was originally due in July.
The 68-year old, who was referred to the orthopaedic department of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital last year, was told she would have a hip replacement on or before July 25 to treat the arthritis she was diagnosed with six years earlier.
She had a preoperative assessment on June 6 and waited to be called for the operation.
However, she never heard from the hospital again until the Reformer questioned NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde this week.
Mrs Nixon said: “I called on July 28 and all I was got was a woman saying we are struggling for staff and demand is high. But I too was struggling.
“I am walking with a stick, going up stairs on my hands and knees.
“I called again on August 25, one month after I was supposed to have the operation. I was told I would be transferred to another consultant’s list.
“I said just tell me how long people are waiting and she said it could be up to nine months. She said it was nine months from when people had first seen the consultant.”
But Mary was told on Monday – three days after the Reformer contacted NHS bosses – that she would have her operation on October 10.
James Kelly MSP, who also contacted NHSGGC on Mrs Nixon’s behalf, said: “Finally Mrs Nixon has got a date for her operation. While I’m delighted for her, you shouldn’t have to sit down with a journalist and your MSP to know when you’ll get the treatment you need.
“This case says a lot about the state of the health service after 10 years of this shambles of a Scottish Government.
“Well done to the Reformer for taking up the case and putting pressure on the health board.”