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NI health crisis: 'I'm worried I may never get my operation... the NHS was already short of cash before coronavirus'

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Lynn McCarron who has been waiting seven years for a hip replacement

Lynn McCarron who has been waiting seven years for a hip replacement

Lynn McCarron who has been waiting seven years for a hip replacement

A woman who has already waited seven years for a hip replacement operation said she fears the impact of coronavirus on the NHS will mean she never gets her surgery.

Lynn McCarron (62) from the Galliagh area of Londonderry has been prescribed the maximum dose of two highly addictive painkilling medicines, although the level of pain she endures every day means getting around her own home is difficult.

A shopping trip needs meticulous planning and Lynn must be accompanied by family because she has fallen a number of times. Yet there is no indication from the Western Trust she will get her operation any time soon.