NHS needs to toe the line on waiting times

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By Mark Davey

A Campbeltown pensioner has waited nearly two years for routine surgery on her right foot.

Greer Abendroth aged 72, has trouble finding shoes that fit and pain from a badly bent toe and has waited 10 months from referral to see a specialist.

This was due to appointments not fitting inbetween flights from Campbeltown.

Mrs Abendroth said: ‘On the day I was finally seen I told the receptionist at 1am that I would need to be seen well before 2.30pm, due to catching the return flight.’

In November, Mrs Abendroth was advised that treatment would be carried out within 12 weeks which is the correct period according to the Patient’s Rights (Scotland) Act 2011.

Mrs Abendroth added: ‘Last week Queen Elizabeth University Hospital contacted me and said that there was a delay and the treatment would not be carried out for between six and nine months.

‘I said I had had a similar procedure on my left foot in 2016 it including the referral it took six months.

‘They said why did you not have both feet done at the same time.  I told them I had been told that was possible but the specialist did not advise it due to my mobility.’

On Monday a spokesperson from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: ‘The vast majority of our patients are seen, appropriate tests undertaken and treatment started within their guaranteed time of 12 weeks.

‘Unfortunately a number of patients awaiting orthopaedic surgery are waiting longer than we would like and we apologise for this.

‘We would like to re-assure Ms Abendroth that we will do our best to schedule her procedure for the earliest possible date.’

For more on this story see letters page six.

Mrs Aberndroth’s right foot. 25_c02foot01_greer_abendroth