"Misdiagnosis of broken bones in foot"

About: Goole & District Hospital (Acute)

I attended the Minor Injury unit on 17th January after having fallen downstairs at my home. I was in a lot of pain and unable to walk. I was seen by a doctor who looked at and then X-rayed my foot,and told me I had a bad sprain and no broken bones. I was told that my foot would take several weeks to recover from this "sprain". Nine weeks later my foot was no better, I saw an orthopaedic consultant who confirmed what I had thought from the beginning - I had broken bones in my foot. To be specific - a chipped bone and a partial dislocation. I knew instantly when I fell,that I had broken a one as I heard it crack. This consultant looked at the X-rays taken at Goole and could instantly see there were broken bones. This was further confirmed by a MRI scan. I am now in plaster up to my knee for 4/6 weeks. I just hope that my bones will heal after the considerable delay in a correct diagnosis. If they do not heal correctly, it is entirely due to the negligence/lack of ability of the doctor at Goole to correctly interpret the original X-ray. I am extremely angry about this situation.

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Response from Goole & District Hospital (Acute)

Hello, please could you contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service so that we can take further details and look into this? You can contact PALS on 01724 290132 or by email on nlg-tr.pals@nhs.net Regards, Sarah Mainprize

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