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Family of OAP raps hospital on op delay

The family of an elderly woman left waiting for four days to have surgery on a broken arm have branded her treatment “disgraceful”.

Annie Rickett (82), was seriously injured after a fall on Monday. And despite being immediately admitted to the Ulster Hospital, the Newtownards pensioner was not operated on until yesterday.

“She fell at lunchtime on Monday and her elbow was round the front of the arm,” Mrs Rickett’s daughter Alice Baxter (55) told the Belfast Telegraph.

“It looked like it was dislocated and when we took her to casualty at the Ulster Hospital they said it was a very serious break.

“They said they had never seen a break like it and were admitting her because they were going to operate first thing on Tuesday.”

Mrs Rickett, described as a sprightly and independent woman, was then fasted for 12 hours from midnight on Tuesday in preparation for the surgery. However it did not happen.

“We kept phoning the hospital to ask how the operation went and we were told it had been cancelled. But we were told she would be going in again on Wednesday.

“Again she was fasted for another 12 hours.

“At this stage my mother was starting to get very confused and was starting to talk nonsense. She seemed almost delirious. And again the operation was cancelled.

“The situation is absolutely unbelievable. I am so angry and I have actually lodged an official complaint with the hospital.”

It is understood Mrs Rickett had her operation yesterday and was last night in recovery.

Yesterday a spokeswoman for the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust said Mrs Rickett had been “fast-tracked”.

“The patient was admitted on December 27 and there were 22 people ahead of her. We had a large list of fracture patients since the onset of the bad weather.”

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