Two different hospitals fail to diagnose fracture... then repeatedly delay surgery

Colin Wilson, of Braithwaite, whose broken leg failed to be diagnosed by two different hospitals, leaving him in agony as he still waits for surgery to mend the fractured tibia

Colin Wilson, of Braithwaite, whose broken leg failed to be diagnosed by two different hospitals, leaving him in agony as he still waits for surgery to mend the fractured tibia

First published in Keighley by

Two hospitals are in the firing line after both sending a man away after failing to diagnose his broken leg.

And to add insult to injury, the 31-year-old patient was forced to discharge himself after fruitlessly waiting 17 hours without food or water after a vital operation to repair the fracture was repeatedly delayed.

Colin Wilson, of Braithwaite, was injured in an accident while in Hull, but when he attended the city’s hospital, he was refused an x-ray and pain relief.

He managed to return to Keighley on crutches, only for the break to be missed again – this time at Airedale Hospital.

He said; “The past two weeks for me have been a living hell, compliments of Airedale Hospital and the NHS.

“I now know the original injury was a broken tibia, which requires a metal plate inserting.”

Mr Wilson, a self-employed web designer, suffered the injury on February 9, when a friend greeted him over-exuberantly by jumping on him.

Although in a lot of pain, he did not attend Hull Royal Infirmary until February 11, as he didn’t realise how serious the injury was.

“The triage nurse informed me it was pointless carrying out x-rays because they’d have to send them to my local hospital,” he added.

“I asked about pain relief and was told I’d get this from Airedale. When I asked how I was supposed to get home, she replied: ‘I can give you some crutches for the journey’. So I left with my crutches and got a lift home from a friend.”

Mr Wilson arrived at Airedale later that day, but still received no x-ray or pain killers.

He said: “The doctor concluded it was muscle damage and referred me to a physiotherapist. I finally obtained pain relief after contacting my GP and having a telephone consultation.”

The broken leg was eventually diagnosed a week later. But the pain and frustration wasn’t to end there.

When Mr Wilson went to Airedale for the operation on February 19, the procedure was repeatedly delayed, meaning he was unable to eat for nearly 17 hours.

“I was so fatigued and hungry I discharged myself, and asked the consultant to book me an outpatient appointment,” he said.

Stacey Hunter, Airedale’s director of operations, said: “It’s regrettable Mr Wilson was not x-rayed when he first attended our A&E.

“However, concerns about his injury were picked up as part of his physiotherapy referral, and he was x-rayed and immediately referred to an orthopaedic specialist.

“Further tests and discussions with colleagues followed to ensure the most appropriate treatment was carried out.

“Our rescheduling of his operation was a clinical decision, to ensure we had a full picture of his injury and that a knee specialist could carry out his surgery. We apologise to Mr Wilson for the breakdown in communication.”

A spokesman for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust responded: “We are unable to comment on the details of Mr Wilson’s case for reasons of patient confidentiality.

“To date, we have not received any contact from him about this issue, so we’d encourage him to speak with us directly in order that we may discuss the matter in more detail.”

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5:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

dennisnilsen says...

"Mr Wilson, a self-employed web designer, suffered the injury on February 9, when a friend greeted him over-exuberantly by jumping on him."

After 25 pints of lager.
"Mr Wilson, a self-employed web designer, suffered the injury on February 9, when a friend greeted him over-exuberantly by jumping on him." After 25 pints of lager. dennisnilsen
  • Score: 1

12:04am Sat 1 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

Another case of 'I'm an idiot, lets see if I can get someone else to pay for it'
Another case of 'I'm an idiot, lets see if I can get someone else to pay for it' Little Green Man
  • Score: -2

8:29pm Sat 1 Mar 14

jimmy k says...

i'm struggling to see where the news story is here,the line what sums it up for me was when he asked how was he to get home?the same way you would have done if you hadn't hurt yourself is the obvious answer.
i'm struggling to see where the news story is here,the line what sums it up for me was when he asked how was he to get home?the same way you would have done if you hadn't hurt yourself is the obvious answer. jimmy k
  • Score: 0

8:36am Mon 3 Mar 14

MorriseyRocks says...

Should have read.'Mr Wilson suffered the injury on the 9th of February but didn't realise how serious the injury was due to the massive level of intoxication he experienced. Following a Claims R Us style advertisement on the telly he suddenly developed a living hell scenario and was delighted when two hospital doctors failed to secure an X-ray having made a clinical decision that it was very unusual that a patient would present some two to three days later having suffered a fractured tibia. He then experienced a not uncommon situation of having a non urgent surgical operation delayed or cancelled due to other more urgent cases'. A hospital spokesperson said 'Mr Wilson waited two days to seek treatment and is clearly a pisshead, we have bigger fish to fry. If he's got an issue, get a tissue'
Should have read.'Mr Wilson suffered the injury on the 9th of February but didn't realise how serious the injury was due to the massive level of intoxication he experienced. Following a Claims R Us style advertisement on the telly he suddenly developed a living hell scenario and was delighted when two hospital doctors failed to secure an X-ray having made a clinical decision that it was very unusual that a patient would present some two to three days later having suffered a fractured tibia. He then experienced a not uncommon situation of having a non urgent surgical operation delayed or cancelled due to other more urgent cases'. A hospital spokesperson said 'Mr Wilson waited two days to seek treatment and is clearly a pisshead, we have bigger fish to fry. If he's got an issue, get a tissue' MorriseyRocks
  • Score: 9

9:28pm Mon 3 Mar 14

Little Green Man says...

"got an issue, get a tissue"

lol - can I steal that line for the next time 809 (whatever his number is) throws a tant?
"got an issue, get a tissue" lol - can I steal that line for the next time 809 (whatever his number is) throws a tant? Little Green Man
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Tue 4 Mar 14

MorriseyRocks says...

Steal away LGM. To be honest I'm surprised Alwaysa807dikhead hasn't blamed KTC for this fellas broken leg or a DodgyDave rant about the Civic Centre creating a mystical negative aura which caused his leg to break. He's probably the one who needs a tissue to wipe the backsides he's been a kissing on the relentless, pointless, rantings over him losing his place as a councillor - sorry his public spirited inquest into the dealings of KTC.
Steal away LGM. To be honest I'm surprised Alwaysa807dikhead hasn't blamed KTC for this fellas broken leg or a DodgyDave rant about the Civic Centre creating a mystical negative aura which caused his leg to break. He's probably the one who needs a tissue to wipe the backsides he's been a kissing on the relentless, pointless, rantings over him losing his place as a councillor - sorry his public spirited inquest into the dealings of KTC. MorriseyRocks
  • Score: 6

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