Looking for a Dr

I had a lady call me this morning who is in Hull, UK.

She has an 8 year old daughter who has lumbar scoliosis, however, her GP will not refer her to a specialist as the GP does not agree that her daughter can be in pain, nor will she prescribe pain killers.

The woman who called me was clearly distraught and in her words said “I am ready to kill someone”.

Her daughter is having hydrotherapy but this is not working and renders the little girl in pain for the rest of the day – this is like a broken record for UK GPs, they don’t listen and think they know best – they are NOT always right and it disgusts me that a GP can let a child of that age suffer.

If there is a member here from up North, please get in touch if you can recommend a Scoliosis specialist in your area – the lady is prepared to travel so if she cannot go closer to home she will go down south and see someone there.

Thanks for any help that can be offered :)


A memer replied from the Scoliosisnutty Yahoo group and as I have not heard from the lady since she called me the other day I thought I would post that reply here, just in case she reads this message:

Hi all

Don't know if this will be any use to the lady as Hull is about 2 1/2
hours from Newcastle, Emma had her operation under Mr Fender at the
Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne. What a fantastic doctor,
lovely person, talks to Emma and Megan not over them. Great surgeon, straightened Emma's spine to 20 degree curves, although he thought he would only manage 40 degrees. Well worth travelling to see him. He does private work as well at the Nuffield Hospital in Newcastle.

The lady needs to keep pushing her GP. Her daughter is in pain and
they need an expert's advice. They need to know the degrees of the
curve. Has she tried going to Accident and Emergency and see if they will help.

Best of luck to her.


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