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Women Angry over Long Wait for Operations in a 'mobile operating theatre'

A woman has lambasted a health trust for treating her and other women like animals after they have waited months for an operation in a mobile unit.

 

A woman has lambasted a health trust for treating her and other women like animals after they have waited months for an operation in a mobile unit.

The woman, who wished to be kept anonymous, said she has waited for four months to have a hysterectomy at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

She said: “I have been waiting four months so far and my friend waited seven months.

“The staff have said on the phone before it's because of all the Horton patients that we are having to wait longer and put our lives on hold.

“I've so had enough of this now a animal wouldn't be left in pain.”

But rather than operate in the hospital, women are being taken to a mobile unit, which has been described as a ‘make shift van with a temporary wall around it’, to have operations and examinations.

The woman added: “Two of my friends in the last two weeks have had their operations in the mobile unit outside the women’s centre and one was a hysterectomy.

“I think the indoor operating theatre is being used for all the c sections.

"I will have to wait months before I hear anything. It is not acceptable.”

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) admitted that following the emergency transfer of obstetric services from the Horton General Hospital in October, one of two designated gynaecology theatres at the John Radcliffe has been used for planned caesarean operations.

It said because of a ‘lack of qualified obstetricians required to deliver a safe service’ a mobile theatre was set up to help with increased demand.

The trust is using a Vanguard mobile operating theatre, which it describes is a ‘state-of-the-art, purpose built facility’ that enables practitioners to provide ‘the same standard of high quality care as an in-built theatre.”

The Trust admits that there was a period of several weeks when the gynaecology theatres were being used for obstetric work and the temporary unit was not completed.

Dr Veronica Miller, clinical director for Women’s Services, said: “The Trust is, with the agreement of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, adding more time slots for operations, including in the evenings and at weekends, in order to see patients who have waited longer.

“We are sorry for the delay some women may have experienced, but appreciate their continued patience as we work to resolve this.”

Previously OUH used Vanguard mobile units during the refurbishment of its endoscopy units at both the John Radcliffe and Horton hospitals.

It confirmed that none of the gynaecology procedures were affected by the cancellation of non-urgent operations in January at the John Radcliffe.

 

Source: Oxford Mail

 

 

Women Angry over Long Wait for Operations in a 'mobile operating theatre'

 
 
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