Nurse relives her RLI nightmare

Helen Ducie, who is still complaining about her treatment from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, 21 years after a road traffic accident.
Helen Ducie, who is still complaining about her treatment from the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, 21 years after a road traffic accident.

A FORMER nurse says she is not surprised by the current crisis at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

Helen Ducie says she has experienced numerous problems as a patient at the RLI over a 22-year period.

“I have such little faith in the RLI, if my children were in an accident I would rather take them to Kendal or Barrow,” said Mrs Ducie, who lives in Heysham.

Mrs Ducie, who used to work as a nurse in Harrogate, still suffers from osteoarthritis in her left leg stemming from when she was knocked down by a car on Lancaster Road in 1990.

The mum-of-two claimed a junior doctor at the RLI diagnosed just a sprain and she was sent home, although she was in agony and unable to put weight on her foot.

Several days later she was rushed back into hospital and discovered she had actually broken her leg in two places.

See The Visitor (21-02-12) for full story.