"Dislocated shoulder not diagnosed at Rotherham General"

About: Rotherham Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I damaged my shoulder and went to Rotherham General A&E on the 9th July. I was refused an X-ray and diagnosed that it was just badly bruised. This was very upsetting, they said an X-ray was not necessary. When I was examined and repeatedly asked for an X-ray I was told it was not necessary. I then suffered two weeks of pain at home, my shoulder was no better. I visited my General Practitioner Dr. R. C. Collinson, who immediately sent me to hospital for an X-ray where it was found to be dislocated . Mr. McCormick, who was in A&E this time and was superb, came and finally I was admitted to ward B3. But the shoulder by this time could not be manipulated and consequently I needed surgery and spent five days in hospital. I do not know the prognosis at the moment, but it seems I will need long term therapy to recover. For a man of 79, this is not a good thing! However, I would like to thank Mr. McCormick from A&E and the nurses who attended me and then admitted me to B3.
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Response from Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments and many apologies for the delay in responding.

We are sorry that on your dislocated shoulder was not picked up on your first visit to A&E. If you would like to discuss your treatment in more detail please contact the Matron for A&E who will be happy to give you a more detailed response.

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