"Excellent Nursing, Diabolical Consulting."

About: Rochdale Infirmary

The cleanliness and care provided by the nursing and theatre staff was excellent, they were friendly and polite. Unfortunately after seeing 5 different consultants (which is a very poor system) I constantly received a slightly different diagnosis. At Rochdale the consultant after my MRI indicated a reconstruction of the ACL may be necessary but suggested an arthoscopy to be sure.An Ankle and Foot consultant performed the Arthroscopy while training other staff and stated my ACL was completely torn and needed reconstruction and the meniscus could be trimmed at the same time. Immediately he booked me into Physio The next consultant said I only needed physiotherapy, I asked him to actually read my notes he left the room came back and agreed I was due for an ACL reconstruction. I then go into hospital for the reconstruction and repair to the meniscus, only to wake up having had an Arthroscopy, the so called knee specialist who went in this time said the ACL was only 1/3 torn and that the meniscus would heal. Utter Rubbish. 8 months of physio later and I still had constant pain, the final consultant states that the pain may never go away and that there is nothing to be done and signs me off. 12 months later and I still have pain and am unable to perform the sports I used to. I have a damaged meniscus which will not heal itself and a completely torn ACL (confirmed now by a second opinion at another hospital) I really would like to name and shame the so called consultants who have caused me an extended time of pain and discomfort, and inform the ankle specialist that he was actually correct in his diagnosis and if the reconstruction had been done I would now be fully recovered. My sympathy to the nursing staff, theatre staff and anaesthetists who's work was good but is eclipsed by the overall outcome which is dire.

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Response from Rochdale Infirmary

We are sorry to read your comment regarding your visit to the Orthopaedics department at Rochdale Infirmary. If you wish to discuss your concerns, please contact the Patients Advice and Liaison Services (PALS) on 0161 604 5897. We will also forward your comment to the department manager.

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