Clive waits for surgery

By JOSEPH TERNOWETSKY ? CLIVE Hunt doesn't blame the doctors at Rockhampton Hospital for cancelling an operation on his leg, but he does want a better health-care system.

The 64-year-old amputee was supposed to have bone spurs removed from his leg on Wednesday, but the operation was postponed at the last minute.

"We had the operation booked for six months,'' Mr Hunt said.

"I went in and did all my pre-ops and changed and then it was cancelled.''

Mr Hunt will now have to wait until May 5 for surgery.

"I wanted to rebook for a sooner date but they said that was not possible.''

Mr Hunt will now have to deal with another few weeks of pain.

"The bones are coming out the bottom of my leg,'' he said.

"They are causing me a lot of discomfort.''

Despite the inconvenience and discomfort Mr Hunt does not blame the staff.

"The staff in Rocky are about as good as it gets,'' he said.

"And I understand if there is an emergency, there is an emergency, and they have to tend to that first.''

Unfortunately for Mr Hunt, there was not one, but four orthopaedic emergencies at the time of his operation, a Rockhampton Hospital spokeswoman said.

The hospital was forced to reschedule all patients requiring non-urgent surgery.

The spokeswoman also said the hospital was not understaffed, and apologised to Mr Hunt for the inconvenience.

Mr Hunt lost his left leg in 1994 after a fall.

He initially suffered from a compound fracture, but an infection forced doctors to remove the leg below the knee.



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