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to expect the Doctor in A&E to ask someone ............................

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herbietea Tue 12-Aug-08 11:07:53

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giraffescantdancethetango Tue 12-Aug-08 11:10:24


poor you

edam Tue 12-Aug-08 11:14:39

If you were in A&E at the weekend then your surgeon wouldn't have been available for the A&E surgeon to call... so not much more he could have done, perhaps? Except to say 'I can't see anything dramatic but you need to check with the guy who did the op'?

hannahsaunt Tue 12-Aug-08 11:14:44

YANBU. Much sympathy. Last Thursday was the day after all jnr drs rotated so chances are he was new in post - all the more reason to ask for help. I do hope you feel better soon.

edam Tue 12-Aug-08 11:14:59

(sorry about the fall, btw, real bugger when you are trying to recuperate.)

Bumdiddley Tue 12-Aug-08 11:17:02

YANBU - But the doctor had probably been on his feet for 12 hours dealing with drunken yobs.

That's probably the standard reply from what he could see from your x-rays.

Hope your recuperation improves!

herbietea Tue 12-Aug-08 11:20:45

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cheshirekitty Tue 12-Aug-08 19:52:16

I fell a few months ago, and after an x-ray was told I had soft tissue damage only.

2 weeks later I discovered I had fractured L3 and L5. I did not take any time off work as I thought I was being a wimp.

The thing is docs are only human. Yes, he should have got another opinion, and probably after seeing the consultant orthopod he will get a second opinion next time he gets a case like yours.

TinkerBellesMum Tue 12-Aug-08 20:09:25

When you go to A&E (especially when you know that it's with something unusual) you have to be a lot more proactive than going to see a GP or specialist because most of them are very young doctors, still doing their rotations so they don't know as much as they will in a few years time. (if that makes sense, train ran off the track I think)

I went to A&E with pain in my pubic bone that was stopping me from doing anything (sit, stand, lie, walk all hurt) they told me it was a UTI and sent me home. I should have asked for an obstetrician to come down, UTI's are dangerous to pregnant women. If I had kicked up a fuss (instead of being in so much pain I couldn't be bothered and wanted to go home) they would have found no UTI but would have found I was in labour. By the time I got anywhere it was too late to stop and I was only 20 weeks. Not saying this for sympathy, but because I like to make people aware that they need to be their own advocate, especially in A&E and that pregnant women need to trust their instincts.

I have to say you've made me feel tons better about PGP hmm My first labour started it off, my second pregnancy started with it and it got worse, never got better and I've started this one hardly able to walk up the stairs to my flat or carry my daughter. So much for it gets better in ten days, 3 years later I'm still waiting!

barnsleybelle Tue 12-Aug-08 20:26:12

Very often small fractures or bone displacements are missed by general A&E doctors... It's not that they are incompetant, just not orthopaedic specialists.

In my opinion he should have done one of 3 things.
1: There is ALWAYS an ortho team on call at all times, so even if it wasn't the team you are under on call, he could have bleeped the ortho on call registrar to view the x-ray.
2: Gave you a fracture clinic appointment ( Fracture clinics are for all ortho problems not just fractures), sent you home and advised to rest until your appointment.
3: Sent you home to rest until he could show your consultant the x-rays on Monday.

It's easy to slip up on minor shifts on x-rays...... at the end of the day if it had been a bad shift then it would have been obvious on the x-ray. No harm has been done in the long run, but i can see how narked you are.

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