Hospital wait for leg crush mum

Morrisons petrol station, Heckmondwike. (d02061142)
Morrisons petrol station, Heckmondwike. (d02061142)

A MUM who had her leg crushed by a van was taken miles out of her way because her nearest A&E department would not accept her.

Samantha Catherall – who lives in Heckmondwike, just five minutes from Dewsbury and District Hospital – now plans to complain to the Mid-Yorkshire NHS Trust about its “utterly stupid” system.

Mrs Catherall, 43, was checking her tyre pressures at Morrisons petrol station in Heckmondwike when a van crashed into her, crushing her between it and her own car at 5pm on Monday May 23.

An ambulance rushed to the scene, then Mrs Catherall watched as paramedics produced a list of hospitals which would or would not accept a trauma patient.

Because her injuries included damage to her knee she was told Dewsbury might accept her, but when specialists were told about her condition they refused, despite her living nearby in Laburnum Road.

So instead she was rushed to Pinderfields in Wakefield, where she was sixth in a queue of people also brought in by ambulance.

After a long wait, Mrs Catherall – who has a seven-year-old daughter – was taken into a cubicle and then was taken for an x-ray which showed extremely bad soft tissue damage.

“The staff were really wonderful at Pinderfields, but they didn’t do anything that couldn’t have been done at Dewsbury – my local hospital,” she said.

“If I’d managed to get myself to Dewsbury they would have had to have seen me there. It’s utterly stupid. I can understand how Pinderfields is struggling to cope if Dewsbury keeps passing on its patients.”

Professor Tim Hendra, medical director at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust which runs the two hospitals, said: “Following consultation, our new specialist centre for emergency trauma and orthopaedic treatment opened at Pinderfields Hospital in March 2011.

“Local people supported the creation of this specialist centre which was based on clear clinical evidence that showed it could help save lives, reduce disability and improve outcomes for patients.

“This specialist centre ensures that patients with serious injuries can get access to the specialist staff and facilities that they need.

“Our staff work extremely hard to ensure that all patients are seen and cared for on the basis of assessed clinical priority and we are very sorry to hear that Mrs Catherall was unhappy with her experience. I ask her to contact our patient advice team so we can respond to her directly.”