‘Almost indescribable pain’: life stuck on an NHS waiting list

Brenda Pugh has been waiting for a double hip replacement to treat her arthritis for 11 months

Brenda Pugh has severe arthritis and has been waiting for a double hip replacement for 11 months. She lives in Hampshire. Here the 61-year-old former learning and development manager at a London law firm describes the “unbelievable pain” and long wait for surgery:

“My GP diagnosed arthritis in both my hips in late 2019 and a month later the physiotherapist she referred me to said physio wouldn’t help and only surgery would help. I went on the waiting list for a double hip replacement at my local hospital trust in June last year – 11 months ago.

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