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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

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Woman, 80, sent home from Carlisle hospital with broken hip

A frail pensioner has had to crawl up the stairs in her home with a broken hip for nearly nine months after doctors sent her home three times.

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Connie Appleton

Constance Appleton, 80, who lives alone, has been in constant “severe pain” since breaking both hips after falling off her bicycle near her home in Burnside, Wigton, in February.

One of the hips healed naturally but she claims she was told by a doctor at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle that her other hip would also mend itself on two separate visits.

Mrs Appleton says she was told to go home each time, and on a third visit a different doctor confirmed her hip would need to be replaced but that she would have to wait months for an operation, and again told her to go home.

She is finally due to undergo a hip replacement operation Hexham General Hospital on October 21.

She did not made an official complaint to the Infirmary about her treatment as she didn’t think it would be the “right thing to do”.

A spokeswoman for North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust, which runs the Cumberland Infirmary, said: “In this case, like other cases, a judgement was based on the best outcome for the patient.

“Unfortunately, as a result of a further clinical assessment, a decision was made for surgery and this has been planned at the earliest opportunity with our colleagues at Hexham Hospital.”

Northumbria Healthcare Trust, which runs Hexham General Hospital, declined to comment.

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