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A grandad may never walk again after blunders following a routine hip replacement. John Buckley heart stopped five times after doctors at Salford Royal Hospital failed to treat an infection for five days, causing him to develop severe sepsis and multiple organ failure.
The 62-year-old from Worsley was put in an induced coma for a month and at one point his devastated wife Dorothy, 60, was told he might have just an hour to live.
Miraculously he pulled through, but he spent a further eight-and-a-half months recovering in hospital and now says he still feels trapped in a ‘living nightmare’.
The former fishing tackle shop owner told the M.E.N.: “I had my own business, I loved going fishing, I rode motorbikes - and it’s just all gone. From being a really busy, pretty fit lad, I’m now resigned to a wheelchair.
“Sometimes it just puts your head in bits. You get that depressed sometimes and there’s no way out. And I still don’t know how I’m going to be in future.”
John, had his right hip replaced at Salford Royal in 2009, but two years later developed severe pain in the joint along with a fever. He was taken to A&E at the same hospital, where a doctor who examined him suspected an infection - but a consultant wrongly overruled her.
A catalogue of errors followed that meant John was not given antibiotics for five days. The delay caused the infection to spread to his left hip and both joints had to be removed. John’s right hip has now been reconstructed but he is still waiting for an operation on his left hip before he can try to walk again. The infection also damaged his spine and the long term impact on his mobility is not yet known.
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has admitted its failings and are negotiating compensation. John said: “I just hope lessons can be learned.”
Salford Royal once again offers its unreserved apologies to Mr Buckley for the standard of treatment he received when he was admitted to the trust in September 2011. We understand the subsequent effect this has had on Mr Buckley’s life and offer our sincere sympathies.
We immediately recognised, acknowledged and apologised for the fact Mr Buckley’s care was not up to the standard we would normally expect. We proactively launched an investigation and as part of our policy of being open and honest with patients, we have fully disclosed the findings of our investigation to Mr Buckley, including an action plan to help prevent the likelihood of this happening again and to assure Mr Buckley that lessons have been learnt. “We will continue resolution.”
MP Hazel Blears is opening a special garden at Salford Royal today. It provides a therapeutic environment for patients. The MP for Salford, lost her mother earlier this year at the hospital following a nine-year battle with the illness.
The Dementia Courtyard, which is situated in the Ladywell Buildingat Salford Royal, includes an old red telephone box and will be filled with various props to help patients reminisce and to stimulate memories.
The area is a peaceful haven for patients and their relatives and will reduce agitation and stress, which can occur as a result of boredom or being in unfamiliar surroundings.
It will also provide a safe place for gentle exercise, which in turn will promote appetite and aid sleep.
The new garden is part of an ongoing programme of developments as Salford Royal continues to improve its facilities in order to further enhance the quality of care and experience for patients with dementia.
“Having a safe and peaceful area for patients with a cognitive impairment will encourage social interaction and a sense of well-being. Staff can spend time with patients in the garden and will gather a more personal insight into the individual while relatives can enjoy relaxing with their loved ones in a very tranquil environment.”
A 106-year-old who has been volunteering for 40 years at Salford Royal is getting an award.
Elizabeth Lowe MBE still bakes twice a week for the other residents in her care home and volunteers every Thursday at the coffee shop at the hospital.
Mel Barham has been to meet her, find out more on tonight's Granada Reports at 6pm !
A new skin cancer drug, trialed here in the North West, has been launched today- with some hailing it as a ground-breaking treatment.
The one-a-day pill targets the advanced form of the disease, which until now could only dealt with by radiotherapy or surgery.
Ralph Blunsom reports.
If you want to find out more detail about the research into this new drug then you can find it by clicking through to a study by the New England Journal of Medicine study.
Medical experts from Salford Royal hospital will be educating some of our top sportsmen. Following the recent heatwave, consultant dermatologists will be holding clinics with the Salford City Reds team teaching about reducing the risk of skin cancer.