Amputee waits two weeks for hospital transfer

Amputee waits two weeks for hospital transfer

Amputee Sharon Gargate waits two weeks for hospital transfer

Amputee Sharon Gargate waits two weeks for hospital transfer

First published in News by , Chief Reporter

A patient was left at a hospital 50 miles from home following a leg amputation for nearly two weeks forcing her her husband to rack up costs of more than £1,000.

Sharon Gargate, a 52-year-old diabetic from Mitcham, was on holiday in Camber Sands when she fell ill from a blood clot and collapsed.

She was rushed to hospital in Hastings before being transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she underwent two operations - but doctors could not save her leg.

Following the traumatic operation Mrs Gargate requested a transfer to St Helier Hospital to be near friends and family.

But with no beds available Mrs Gargate was left waiting for 11 days while her husband paid bills of more than £1,000 in bed and breakfast and travel costs to be at her side.

Colin Gargate, 54, said: "It was just the waiting and the traumatic experience that my wife was going through after having a leg amputated.

"It takes such a long time to get back from Brighton.

"They kept saying every day there was hope of a bed and then there wasn’t.

"It was so stressful and traumatic."

Mrs Gargate has since been transferred to St Helier but believes they should not have had to wait over a week to get a bed at their local hospital. Mr Gargate said: "We tried everything and even went to our MP.

"I was phoning around everywhere and we should not have had to do that.

"There should be beds available but there have been so many cuts and its putting a lot of pressure on the NHS and hospitals."

A spokesperson for St Helier Hospital said: "We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to Mrs Gargate for the delay in transferring her from Brighton Hospital to St Helier Hospital.

"Over the last month, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people attending our A&E departments and, in turn, those patients who needed to be admitted to our wards.

"In addition, many have been very sick and needed to stay in hospital longer than might be expected.

"Whilst we recognise the importance of transferring patients to their local hospital as soon as is possible, we need to admit patients in order of clinical priority."

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2:42pm Fri 5 Oct 12

Michael Pantlin says...

I think there must have been bed cutting going on at St. Helier. I often need a bed and they have always fitted me in somewhere until a haematology bed became available. On my last admission in August I found the new Medical Assessment Unit Team tried to discharge me ridiculously early and without consulting with the relevant specialists whom they should have notified, leaving me to organise that myself by phoning the switchboard from my bed and bleeping my support nurse specialist.
I think there must have been bed cutting going on at St. Helier. I often need a bed and they have always fitted me in somewhere until a haematology bed became available. On my last admission in August I found the new Medical Assessment Unit Team tried to discharge me ridiculously early and without consulting with the relevant specialists whom they should have notified, leaving me to organise that myself by phoning the switchboard from my bed and bleeping my support nurse specialist. Michael Pantlin
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5:57am Sat 6 Oct 12

lilacgeorge says...

"Over the last month, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people attending our A&E departments and, in turn, those patients who needed to be admitted to our wards.....

...and there was me thinking our A&E wasn't needed! Tsk!
"Over the last month, we have seen a significant increase in the number of people attending our A&E departments and, in turn, those patients who needed to be admitted to our wards..... ...and there was me thinking our A&E wasn't needed! Tsk! lilacgeorge
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6:43pm Mon 8 Oct 12

DeanG1988 says...

Was a very hard time, but as strong as our family are we got through it as we always do, my mums a very brave woman love her so much xxx
Was a very hard time, but as strong as our family are we got through it as we always do, my mums a very brave woman love her so much xxx DeanG1988
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9:01am Tue 9 Oct 12

shelokay2 says...

such is life.. surely the important thing is the woman survived, you do what you have to in emergency situations.. choose to pay to stay around or choose to go home and wait for your wife to be moved nearer once she was no longer critical!
If you want such luxuries then pay for private.. but thank god the NHS was there to save another life XD
such is life.. surely the important thing is the woman survived, you do what you have to in emergency situations.. choose to pay to stay around or choose to go home and wait for your wife to be moved nearer once she was no longer critical! If you want such luxuries then pay for private.. but thank god the NHS was there to save another life XD shelokay2
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