Boy left with pencil sticking out of hand

Robbie Appleby was sent home from Doncaster Royal Infirmary with a pencil stuck in his hand after they said they didn't have time to deal with it.
Robbie Appleby was sent home from Doncaster Royal Infirmary with a pencil stuck in his hand after they said they didn't have time to deal with it.
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A TEENAGER was left with a pencil stuck in his hand for nearly 48 hours after hospital staff sent him home twice.

The furious mother of Robbie Appleby Socket said her son could have lost his hand because staff at Doncaster Royal Infirmary had to delay an operation.

Robbie Appleby, 13, of Kings Road, Askern, had to travel to Wakefield hospital to have a pencil removed from his hand, after being sent home from Doncaster Royal Infirmary twice without receiving treatment. He is pictured with his mum Emma. Picture: Liz Mockler D2789LM

Robbie Appleby, 13, of Kings Road, Askern, had to travel to Wakefield hospital to have a pencil removed from his hand, after being sent home from Doncaster Royal Infirmary twice without receiving treatment. He is pictured with his mum Emma. Picture: Liz Mockler D2789LM

Emma said she was forced to take her son to a hospital in another county for an operation and Robbie had to stay in for two nights on an anti-biotic drip as staff feared it had become infected.

Emma, of Kings Road, Askern said: “The staff at Pinderfield Hospital in Wakefield were amazing. They couldn’t believe that the pencil had just been left in his hand and neither could I.

“The staff at DRI just left the pencil in and put a bandage over it and told him he would have to come back. I was worried he would knock it and the pencil would go even further into his hand.

“I was disgusted, he could’ve lost his hand.”

The 13-year-old was taken to the A&E department at DRI after getting the pencil stuck in his hand whilst playing with friends at school last Wednesday.

Emma said they were told Robbie would need an operation and would have to come back the next morning so he was sent away with the pencil still embedded in his hand.

But when Emma arrived the next morning she was told Robbie’s name was not on the list and she would once again have to go home and wait for a phonecall to reschedule his surgery.

Emma said: “They didn’t even check the wound, it was only when I asked about infection that they gave us some antibiotics. We’ve still not heard from them so as far as they know Robbie still has the pencil in his hand.”

A Spokesman for DRI said: “Robbie was seen by the A&E team, who were concerned and asked an orthopaedic surgeon to assess him. Robbie was then listed for surgery the next morning and sent home with painkillers to rest and fast overnight in preparation.

“Unfortunately, due to a number of very urgent cases requiring immediate trauma surgery, Robbie’s operation was postponed. We apologised and gave him further painkillers and antibiotics.

“We apologise to Robbie and his family for the fact we could not operate on him when planned.”