After waiting for almost a year to have surgery on her broken hand, a woman has criticized hospital delays.
Since breaking the scaphoid bone in her right hand in August 2021, according to Louise Ketteringham, she has experienced chronic pain.
She claimed to just want the pain to end and was a 38-year-old native of Plumtree, Nottinghamshire.
The surgery for Mrs. Ketteringham has now been scheduled for March 29, according to Nottingham University Hospital Trust (NUH).
The mother-of-three claimed that when she hurt her hand while playing with her kids, doctors decided against operating because they initially believed the bone would heal.
Nevertheless, it was determined she would require surgery during a consultation at the Queen's Medical Center in April 2022.
She claimed that after that, she was put on the list for the operating room to receive a metal pin through bone grafting.
The former painter and decorator claimed that ever since the accident, she has been unable to work or perform her regular daily tasks, such as driving, taking care of her disabled child, and cooking for her family.
According to Mrs. Ketteringham, she was finding it difficult to manage, and her husband had to cut back on his work hours to help the family.
My mental health has deteriorated significantly, she admitted.
"I shouldn't be taking as many medications as I am to numb the pain. I should have undergone the procedure. ".
She claimed the hospital informed her the delay was brought on by the recent NHS strikes and the backlog at Covid.
The surgery Louise Ketteringham is currently anticipating has been delayed, a NUH spokesperson apologized.
"A program of treatment and care that started when Louise first visited the Emergency Department in August 2021 was concluded with the recommendation for surgery in April 2022.
"Last month, Louise's surgery was given a higher priority so that we could reduce the amount of time she will have to wait as much as possible.
"Since the pandemic, we have made significant progress in our efforts to reduce waiting times for all NUH patients.