"My abysmal treatment"

About: Barnsley Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I had a car accident in October 08 and was off work for a few weeks. In December 08 I went numb from the chest down and had an immense pain in my neck. I couldn't walk and had to be wheeled into the hospital. The doctors in A&E were fantastic and diagnosed what was wrong in 5 minutes. I was sent to the orthopaedic ward; I couldn't urinate, open my bowels, feel my body from the chest down or use my hands, but I was left in bed for 4 days. I was then discharged, still without opening my bowels and still no feeling in my body, legs or arms.

I feel like I have been messed about with scans not ordered, sent to the wrong departments, notes misplaced and lost until in the end, after 18 months I have been discharged from the experts at the Hallamshire because they have told me that they do not know what is wrong with me. I think I should have been sent for further tests. I have asked for a second opinion and have been refused. The whole episode has left me unable to work and penniless. I feel like my body and life have been destroyed.

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Response from Joan Allen, Consultation & engagement officer, NHS Barnsley

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience on Patient Opinion. I was sorry that you feel your care at Barnsley Hospital was less than satisfactory.

I shall pass your comments onto the relevant people at the hospital and they may want to get back to you when they have had time to look into the issues you have raised.

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