Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Southampton man's shoulder injury 'untreated'

Steve Clayton with his son Jack and partner Leanne
Image caption Steve Clayton's family have to survive on his partner's statutory maternity pay

A Southampton man says he is forced to call out an ambulance several times a week because his shoulder becomes dislocated at least once a day.

Steve Clayton first dislocated it in an accident at work six weeks ago.

Doctors put the shoulder back and sent him home with painkillers but since then his shoulder keeps dislocating.

Mr Clayton said doctors were failing to treat him properly. Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust said it wanted to discuss the matter with him.

Mr Clayton's first son was born only two months ago but he said he was unable to pick him up. Mr Clayton said his shoulder was causing him to be in chronic pain and meant he cannot work or drive a car.

He said it had made "daily life almost impossible".

Mr Clayton said he had been to the hospital more than 20 times about the problem and was usually sent home with painkillers.

He said he wanted surgeons to operate but had only seen a consultant once and had not yet been given a follow-up appointment.

Mr Clayton said: "Initially they treated me very well at Southampton hospital but now when I go in I'm just treated like 'oh, it's him again', like I'm a nuisance to them."

He said his family was surviving on his partner Leanne Langford's statutory maternity pay and food parcels from a church charity.

Ms Langford said: "You feel like you're abusing the system. We're not obviously because it needs to be sorted.

"It needs to be put back in, it can't just be left hanging out and him in pain. But you do feel like you abuse the system.

"What can we do? Steve can't get there any other way so we get hold of an ambulance."

A spokesman for Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust said: "We're sorry to hear that Mr Clayton is unhappy with the care he has received and we would like the opportunity to discuss this with him directly.

"We recommend that any patient with concerns about their care should contact our patient advice and liaison team initially."

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