Stanwell's Kenneth Limpus is fed up with Queensland Health cancelling his operations, which he claims has happened more than 10 times.
Stanwell's Kenneth Limpus is fed up with Queensland Health cancelling his operations, which he claims has happened more than 10 times. Allan Reinikka

Kenneth's seven-year wait over

IT'S been seven long years, but Kenneth Limpus's cries have finally been heard.

This week The Morning Bulletin reported on Mr Limpus's long need for surgery and the frustration of more than 10 surgery cancellations.

He suffers from reflux and the pain is getting worse.

On Monday, the day the report article was published, Mr Limpus received a call from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital telling him he was now at the top of the waiting list.

The 29-year-old is scheduled for his operation next Wednesday and he couldn't be happier.

Mr Limpus said he spoke out because the pain he suffered was getting worse and the number of cancellations over seven years was “beyond a joke”.

He slammed the public health system, saying something needed to be done for patients waiting longer than one year.

The last cancellation, only two weeks ago, occurred while he was being prepared in the waiting room for surgery.

And to further rub salt into the wound, his mother caught swine flu during the trip to Brisbane. Yesterday he said he couldn't wait for the surgery.

Queensland Health had admitted to “some disruptions” to Mr Limpus's treatment when approached by The Morning Bulletin.

It also apologised to Mr Limpus for the inconvenience and resulting distress.

Rockhampton Hospital does not offer a gastroenterology service.



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