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"Doctor ignores heel fracture that has not healed. "

About: West Gippsland Hospital

(as the patient),

I had a fall resulting in me falling approx 3. 5 metres landing on both feet, the result was 2 sprained ankles and severe fractures to the left calcaneus, I was placed in a half cast for 6 weeks where I was asked to make an appointment to see a doctor couple of months later at the consulting suites at Warragul hospital, one question I asked about was if doctor would need a follow-up X-ray to which I got the reply of not unless doctor has requested one.

I arrived for my appointment where I was examined and the "OLD X-rays "(from initial fall) were used. Doctor advised the nurse to remove the cast and issued me with a certificate whereby I could return to work so no followup X-ray and no physical examination of my foot.

I returned to work Monday and continued to do so till Wednesday were I got home and my foot was so sore I decided to see my own GP on the Thursday, I spent the first few minutes of the visit filling in details of my accident and explained how doctor had sent me back to work, my doctor's first question was to ask if there had been a followup X-ray to which I answered to his surprise "no" so this was his first request and he told me to stay off the foot till I saw him again the following Monday. He also asked me if there were any restrictions to my return to work such as reduced hours or light duties and again to his surprises I answered "no". I returned on the Monday with my X-ray and he found 2 large fractures that had not yet healed, so I was then back off work with no weight bearing on the foot again.

I returned to work again a month later where I now do 2 days on 1 day off then 2 days on as the foot has still not 100% recovered and I find I still get pain if I try to do more than 2 days at a time or stand for more than a few minutes at a time. So to sum up, the things that bothered me the most was, 1: didn't bother with a follow up X-ray 2: No physical examination of my foot on the day and 3: sending me back to work too early even when I had told him that my job entailed me to be on my feet all day on concrete.

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