Grandmother falls and breaks hip in hospital... and is then driven to ANOTHER hospital to be treated

A grandmother who fell and broke her hip in hospital had to endure a 16-mile journey to another hospital to be treated, it was revealed today.

Angela Bignall, 70, tripped while at Wycombe General for a routine blood test but was told that staff there could not treat her injury after she tripped over.

Instead she was forced to endure more than an hour in pain before arriving by ambulance at Stoke Mandeville, nearly 20 miles away, in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.


'Barmy': Angela Bignall broke her hip while in Wycombe General Hospital but had to be taken 16 miles for treatment

The retired civil servant also had to wait 30 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

‘I was in an awful lot of pain,’ Mrs Bignall said from her home in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, where she is recovering.

‘I would not wish that journey on my worst enemy. What in heaven's name is happening to Wycombe Hospital?’ 

‘I asked if I could be X-rayed in case I did not have a fracture, so the lady from A&E went to the department to make inquiries, but as I was a trauma case, they could not.

Emergency and trauma surgery was axed from the High Wycombe Hospital, Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in 2005 over managers’ safety fears.

Local campaigner Terry Price slammed the ‘barmy’ decision.

‘It is a perfect example of the stupidity of moving accident and emergency from such a huge centre of population to Stoke Mandeville. It's absolutely ridiculous,’ he said.

A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Hospitals NHS Trust today apologised to Mrs Bignall.

‘We always try to ensure that patients are seen in the most appropriate place according to their injury,’ he said.

‘Stoke Mandeville Hospital is the designated hospital for trauma and emergency surgery, whilst the Emergency Medical Centre at Wycombe Hospital can treat patients with a range of medical conditions including stroke and heart attacks, as well as more minor injuries.’


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