Steve Barclay, MP for North East Cambridgeshire, has started an investigation following a letter from a local woman who was injured in a gardening accident in September this year. According to the woman, who remains unnamed according to her wishes, she attended an out-of-hours doctor’s surgery to seek treatment. She had cut her finger on some secateurs and had severed a nerve and the injury was bleeding quite heavily as a result.
MP Steve Barclay had already launched a campaign earlier in the year called Treat Me Local, which is aimed at ensuring more people can receive medical treatment in their local area. According to the injured woman there were three people present when she attended the out-of-hours surgery. According to reports one was a nurse and another was a doctor. Despite this she was told she needed to go to one of two hospitals locally to seek treatment.
The director for CCG, the local clinical commissioning group, said the out-of-hours service was “not contracted” to deal with patients on a drop-in basis. The injured woman eventually received treatment at a hospital in King’s Lynn, but has said she is now supporting the MP’s campaign.
Could an illness or injury be made worse if treatment is not provided as soon as possible?
All illnesses and injuries vary of course, and some do not require medical treatment. However in cases such as the one mentioned above, medical treatment should be given in a timely manner. Depending on the seriousness of the injury an individual may recover from it faster and more completely if they are treated properly as early as possible. Sometimes the longer an injury is left the more likely it might be for the recovery to be less successful.
Source: Wisbech Standard