Date
17 July 2018
A construction worker (inset) who suffered a bad injury and needed surgery was said to have been kept waiting at the Princess Margaret Hospital for several hours, prompting his family to move him to a private medical facility. Photos: Now News, TVB News
A construction worker (inset) who suffered a bad injury and needed surgery was said to have been kept waiting at the Princess Margaret Hospital for several hours, prompting his family to move him to a private medical facility. Photos: Now News, TVB News

Injured construction worker fails to get quick surgery: report

A construction worker who was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital on Tuesday after suffering a work-related accident failed to get surgery for several hours, prompting his family to move him to a private hospital for the necessary procedure, a report says.

According to Apple Daily, Princess Margaret Hospital saw a 40-year-old man being rushed in shortly before noon, with the person suffering from great pain as his left arm had been pierced by a steel bar.

The victim was given a pain-killing injection and told to wait for a doctor who would perform a surgery, the newspaper said, citing a source.

The wait stretched into several hours as no surgeon was available at that time, apparently owing to a staff shortage at the hospital.

After waiting for nearly six hours and worried that bacteria from the steel bar might cause infection or leave the man’s left arm with permanent damage, his family decided to have him transferred to a private hospital for the operation, Apple Daily cited its source as saying.

As per the report, the patient was a construction worker who fell to the ground from a small height at a Housing Authority project site on Sham Mong Road.

In the accident that took place at around 11 am, the man’s left arm was pierced by a steel bar, prompting his co-workers to call for help.

Now, questions are being raised as to why he failed to get an emergency operation quickly at the hospital where he was taken initially.

In response to Apple Daily’s inquiry, Princess Margaret Hospital said the worker was sent to the institution’s accident and emergency (A&E) room at 11:50 am, and that an orthopedics and traumatology specialist examined him and ordered arrangements for an emergency operation.

The victim, meanwhile, was given a pain-killing injection as he awaited surgery.

However, due to the signing of a voluntary discharge notice, the man was put on an ambulance and transferred from the public hospital to a private one in the evening, Princess Margaret Hospital said.

The hospital explained that the reason why the worker was unable to receive an operation quickly was because there were other emergency operations scheduled for multiple patients that afternoon.

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