Julie to get both feet treated in same hospital

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A MUM-of-four who was having her two broken feet treated at two different hospitals will now have her treatment kept under one roof.

Julie Elvin was due to undergo an operation to have pins and wires inserted into her right foot today at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The procedure looks to be light at the end of the tunnel for Julie.

The 47-year-old appeared in the Mail last month describing how she had to have her left foot treated at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, and the right at James Cook University Hospital, in Middlesbrough.

She said she could not understand why medics at either of the sites, which are 10 miles apart and 19 miles from her Hartlepool home, could not treat both feet.

But following a media storm, after Julie’s story was covered in the Mail, national newspapers and on TV, both feet will now be looked after at the Hartlepool hospital, in Holdforth Road.

Although she will travel to the Stockton site for assessments with her foot and ankle specialist Chris Tulloch, she has been told any further operations will be done in her hometown of Hartlepool.

Elated Julie said: “After it was in the Mail and the national newspapers and on the TV news, my specialist’s secretary rang me and said he would treat me for both feet.

“I will probably have to go to North Tees for check-ups, but that’s absolutely fine.”

Julie, from the Clavering area of town, went to James Cook hospital on August 16, the day her story appeared in the Mail and had her pot taken off her right leg and a support boot put on.

Her doctor there told her the boot would need to stay on for eight weeks.

But she later went to see Mr Tulloch at North Tees and was told he can treat both feet.

Julie, who runs Florians florist’s at Brus Corner, said: “He got on the phone to his secretary and cancelled something to fit me in for the operation today, which is really good.”

She added: “My doctor reckons if I get my right foot better and am walking eventually on both feet, the left might heal on its own.

“I’m glad I’m getting somewhere on the road to recovery and hopefully I will be able to walk properly again.”

David Emerton, medical director for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to reach a satisfactory conclusion to this matter and I can ensure Julie that under the care of Chris Tulloch she is in excellent hands.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to wish Julie a very speedy recovery and ensure her that we will do everything we can to make sure this happens.”