AGONY: Shirley Wilson has waited two years for a hip replacement, but there’s no end in sight.
AGONY: Shirley Wilson has waited two years for a hip replacement, but there’s no end in sight. Alistair Brightman

Waiting list keeping Shirley in constant pain

EACH day the pain gets worse for 67-year-old Urangan resident Shirley Wilson.

She has been battling with her painful left hip for more than two years, waiting for a hip replacement operation.

She gets through each day but it's difficult and tiring, and everyday tasks are troublesome.

"I feel awful at the moment," she said.

"It's very hard."

The pain got so bad she sold her home and moved into a smaller unit next to the Urangan Central Shopping Centre.

"I've needed to move closer to the shops because I just can't walk very far anymore," she said.

"I used to go out walking everywhere. I'm a very active woman.

"I was a member of the senior citizens centre but now I don't go out because it's just too hard."

A Wide Bay Health Service spokeswoman said any patient whose condition worsened while they were on a waiting list should return to their general practitioner for a review of their condition.

"The general practitioner will determine whether the patient's condition has deteriorated and, if so, will provide an updated referral to the specialist," the spokeswoman said.

Mrs Wilson has already had other surgeries - she has had two knee replacements and a hole in her stomach repaired.



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