Chair Of Council Recounts Distressing Treatment On Mainland

Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske. Photo © Copyright Tony Atkin

The Chairman of the Isles of Scilly Council has recounted his “distressing time” following hospital treatment on the mainland.

Mike Hicks told members at last week’s Health Committee meeting that he was flown off the islands earlier this year with a suspected aneurysm.

After tests at Treliske Hospital, it turned out he had sciatica, but was discharged in “excruciating pain” and had to make his way to Penzance, where he has a flat.

Mike said he was left alone, in pain and couldn’t even stand, but when he rang St Mary’s Hospital for advice, he was told they couldn’t help as he wasn’t in the area.

He was told to “get himself up to West Cornwall Hospital.”

Mike said his experiences highlight some of the problems faced by patients from Scilly, and he’ll be giving a full account of his treatment to health watchdog, LINk4Scilly.

Carol Clark from LINk said she’s sorry that Mike had to experience that for himself.

But she said fortunately, the work they’ve been doing with the RCHT Transport Office should now allow health professionals to deal with patients from Scilly more appropriately.

We asked the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust for a comment. Their spokesperson, Laura Wood, said: “Patients are only discharged from our hospitals if they are clinically assessed as fit to go home or to transfer to ongoing care in another setting.  Where necessary we would expect patients to be provided with adequate pain relief and we are very sorry if this was not the case.

“We have recently been working with the Isles of Scilly Council and LINk4Scilly to improve our transport arrangements for patients coming to and from the mainland for treatment and would hope these will now offer a better service for residents of the Islands.”

 



One Response to Chair Of Council Recounts Distressing Treatment On Mainland

  1. Frank July 18, 2012 at 10:19 am

    It’s an ongoing problem not just for Scilly but everyone.

    I remember going to Treliske a while back and passing a person lying on the concrete pavement of the bus stop outside the main entrance. People were asking her if she was alright, and her response (between groaning) was that she thought she had severely damaged her back, but she was told it was only a trapped nerve and was given some painkillers and told to go home. Obviously, she should have received a bit more care than that, but the emphasis on hospitals is to discharge patients and move on to the next one. And they have a point, otherwise you’d be waiting a long time to get treatment.