"Confusion between the wrist and neck at Toowoomba Hospital."

About: Toowoomba Hospital

(as the patient),

I fractured my spine/neck following an accident. I was released from hospital in a neck brace. When I arrived for the 6 week follow up x-rays I was booked in for a wrist x-ray and cast off. When I notified them that I have never injured my wrist in any accident and that there was never even pain there when I was checked in, the admin asked what I was there to have x-rayed. At this point I'm standing in line in the same neck brace from 6 weeks ago. I said I was there to have my neck and back x-rayed as I thought I had been booked in for from 6 weeks ago. They swiftly came back with two forms. One to get my spine x-rayed and one to get my wrist x-rayed. I just laughed and said I don't need my wrist x-rayed. The nurse then notified me that it was on my record that when I was admitted. I then explained to her and showed her my wrist movement without a cast on that my wrist had never been injured and that I have no idea where this record has come from. Within the hour the x-rays were complete and I was called into a doctor to examine the x-rays. This doctor was a different doctor to the one that had been looking after me when I was admitted and at my two week check-up, not that it bothered me who examined the x-rays. When I walked into the doctor's office the doctor looked at the file and said my name, I said 'yes', then asked 'how is the wrist? ' At that point me and my dad cracked up laughing. I'm sitting down in front of a doctor who just watched me walk into the office in a neck brace and was asked how my wrist was. I explained the situation, I don't know where there was a stuff up in communication but it appears that somewhere someone has confused neck with wrist. The xrays of my spine were then examined then the brace was removed. To be fair after all the mishaps I was in and out within an hour and a half so the service was really fast.

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