"The hospital staff have been great, but I can't wait 18weeks for my operation in this much pain."

About: Torbay Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

I attended an appointment with my consultant in Orthopaedics at Torbay Hospital last week. I have to say that it was a very good experience, the consultant was excellent, helpful and kind. The nurses were exemplary also.

I had to wait a few times as I was passed between departments for a variety of medical checks but not an intolerably long wait.

Having the medical checks at the same time as this appointment was to save me from having to return again before my hip operation but they did mention that I may still need to come back to hospital to see the anaesthetist.

Unfortunately, I have been told that I may have to wait 18 weeks to have the operation within the NHS which is too long to wait given the pain I'm in. If I go private it would be done within 2 weeks. I have to wait for the consultants report to reach my GP before I make a decision.

But as far as my experience is concerned, they have been great.

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