NHS in crisis as pain-hit Sofie, 32, latest victim of delays

Disabled Sofie Henshall has been left covered in blisters - after becoming the latest victim of NHS delays. The 32-year-old, from Clayton, has dynamic spasticity and has been waiting almost a year for replacement parts for her wheelchair.

It followed a review last June that decided she needed the new parts. But NHS supplier AJM Healthcare and Sunrise Medical are still to provide the equipment.

Sofie said: “It’s just dead frustrating when you’re ringing every single day, two or three times a day, because you’re getting so annoyed with the fact that they’re not bothered that you’re in so much pain. You’re getting blisters on your feet, blisters on your back, everywhere basically, everywhere there’s a strap or a tiedown that’s putting pressure on your body you’re getting blisters.

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“I’ve sent them photos, I’ve sent everything and I keep getting fobbed off. I’m taking, not more than I should, but I’m taking a lot more paracetamol, a lot more ibuprofen and a lot more higher doses of medication that I’ve already been prescribed by doctors just to get over the amount of pain I’m in. If I spend more than 20 or 30 minutes it doesn’t work anyway because you’re set in a position and once you’re in that position you can’t get out of it.”

StokeonTrentLive has approached AJM Healthcare for a statement regarding Sofie’s case without success.

But a spokesman for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board said: “The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board and our suppliers are aware of delays being experienced by some patients. We have developed an action plan to address these delays with AJM. We understand the importance of these mobility aids and the wellbeing and care of everyone is our utmost priority.”

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