Arthri­tis suf­ferer to get vi­tal op af­ter we step in

Mary was fac­ing a nine-month wait for new hip

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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.”

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