I fell in the garden this year and knew immediately that I may have fractured my ankle or leg bone. I did not want to call for an ambulance as I thought some poor person may need one more than I did. I didn’t feel my injury was life threatening. I wasn’t bleeding, I just couldn’t stand up or bend my right leg.
My husband took me to Stoke Mandeville A and E department (45 mins away) and I was seen very quickly on the bank holiday weekend by a nurse and then a senior Dr. I had an x-ray which confirmed that I had a broken fibula.
My leg was put in a plaster cast and I was offered pain relief, given crutches and sent home. I was told that I would receive a follow up letter so I could attend a fracture clinic appointment within 14 days. I got the letter, went to clinic and my leg was put in a boot. I then had several follow up appointments.
I found this whole experience very positive. I could not believe how quickly I was seen on a bank holiday weekend at around 6pm on a Friday evening. The Dr and nurse in A and E were very good humoured and very kind. My consultant had a great sense of humour also and I was very pleased at the way things were handled in a caring and efficient way. I am very grateful to Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the great team of people that work there under very pressured circumstances.
Thank you so much for all your care!
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Published on 18 Sep, 2019