Patient is told he could wait year for MRI scan
A Limavady man suffering from a painful spinal disease is facing a year-long wait for a neurology appointment.
Johnnie Hunter (44) was diagnosed with a syringomyelia, a rare condition which affects the nerve endings, causing extreme pain which progressively extends to all parts of the body.
A specialist caring for Mr Hunter ordered an MRI scan for him as the condition appears to be spreading - but he has now found out it could be a year away.
"I couldn't believe it when the guy told me I wasn't an urgent case. I'd like someone to tell me what an urgent case is if I don't fit the bill, because I am in so much constant pain there are times I feel like throwing the towel in."
A Belfast Trust spokeswoman, confirming the delay, said: "Due to the high demand and specialist nature, the current waiting time in Belfast Trust for routine/non-urgent neurological MRI scans is approximately 12 months. All patients are seen chronologically and based on their clinical need."