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my husband went into hospital with a small wound the size of a 5p piece at the base of his right shin. He was poorly - had pneumonia - and the wound was left unattended for over a fortnight. I could smell it, but nurses denied being able to.In the end I asked for a tissue viability nurse to view the wound. She did so a week later, and the wound had increased in size to what looked like a black hole about 6cm long with q 4ch=m piece of tendon exposed. It was dressed and when my husband left hospital, instructions were given for the district nurses together with details of specific dressings to use. These did not work and a month later the wound had extended almost to the knee,with more and more of the tendon being exposed. Ultimately we hgot sick of this, and requested my husband should be seedy a plastic surgeon. He was shocked, cut away the tendon, which had by now dried and looked like a piece of string, gave instructions for the rest of the wind, and this is now improving, slowly but surly. However the loss of the tendon means my husband has no movement below the knee of his right leg, is wheelchair bound, has to be hoisted by carers into and out of bed,and has access to the bathroom only when they are there to hoist him. He is very depressed,
Is this long term? What is it you would like to ask me about this today please?
is the injury long term? yes, physiotherapy can do nothing to improve the movement - cannot flex his ankle or control the lower leg.
We have made an official complaint to the hospital concerned , but I would welcome advice on what is defined as negligence and what argument the hospital may attempt to use in order to deny responsibility.
What you need to do is get a second opinion
This would be from another medical expert
This expert can produce a report to say what has been done, what should have been done and whether or not the hospital is negligent.
If the report says the hospital is negligent then potentially you can take action
You have complained to the Hospital and then need to see what the outcome is
If you are not satisfied with the outcome you can go to the Ombudsman
They offer a free, independent service. Their website is:
But if the matter is not resolved and an expert says there has been negligence you can approach a no win no fee Solicitor to pursue a claim
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
no - that is fine, thank you. I am aware of the ombudsman 's role, but hope we do not have to go that far.
Yes I would hope so
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