"Broken foot not seen in xray by doctor"

About: Sandringham Hospital / Accident & emergency

(as a relative),

I took my daughter to the emergency department as her foot had been run over and she couldn't walk on it. X-rays were done and the doctor told us that there was no break, and for her to take panadol and walk it off! The next afternoon the doctor called me and said there was a slight break and asked if we could come in the next day for a colleague to plaster it. The colleague put the x-rays up and it appeared very obvious to us that there was a break. A scan was ordered and we were told that she may need surgery. The next day we got a call to attend the orthopaedics clinic where we were told she did need surgery and screws would have to be inserted.

That was in October last year. My daughter spent 6 months on crutches and still has pain in the foot. I don’t know if the damage done was worse because of that doctor who didn’t see the break initially. I'm still really angry that an emergency doctor missed this, I don’t think it’s good enough.

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