A father has spoken of his anxiety of waiting to go into surgery five times, to then be told to “go home” at the last minute.
James Taylor, from Metheringham in Lincolnshire, said he has been waiting almost a year to have an operation, which has been planned several times before.
The 43-year-old was told by a surgeon back in January that he would need to undergo a hernia operation.
His first operation was planned in May, and since then has repeatedly had the procedure cancelled.
He says he was “light-headed” while waiting for his latest chance at surgery on 17 October, as he could not drink or eat prior to the operation.
Mr Taylor said there is only one surgeon available to carry out the operation on a Tuesday morning every six weeks.
He added the reasons he has been given for the cancellation of his operations include the surgeon being “tired” or that there were no theatre staff.
He has also suffered two strokes in the past and said sitting down for hours is a struggle.
He said he is living in “a lot of pain” and on painkillers daily.
Paula Sugars, General Manager for Surgery, Theatres, Anaesthetics and Critical Care at United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: