5-year-old boy with severe toothache must wait eight weeks

5-year-old boy with severe toothache must wait eight weeks

Alfie Wheeler

Alfie Wheeler with mum Donna Alexander

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THE mother of a five-year-old boy with severe toothache has hit out after being told he will have to wait eight weeks to have the tooth removed.

Alfie Wheeler, whose tooth is crumbling away due to a calcium deficiency, suffers regular pain and has difficulty eating, drinking and sleeping, according to his mother, Donna Alexander.

But after visiting the accident and emergency (A&E) unit at North Manchester General Hospital, doctors said he did not need emergency treatment and Miss Alexander was advised to contact a dentist.

Alfie, a reception pupil at Fairfield Primary School, first had pain while celebrating his fifth birthday at Legoland in London on March 15.

Over the past couple of weeks, Alfie has been to North Manchester and Fairfield hospitals, as well as four trips to the dentist.

He has been prescribed four different antibiotics and has been informed he will need to have the tooth — on the bottom right side of his mouth — taken out, and is now on an eight-week waiting list.

Miss Alexander, aged 37, of Rochdale Old Road, said: “I think it’s ridiculous that a five-year-old is treated like this. Alfie can’t go to school and I’m having to give him pain relief every two to four hours. He has been constantly crying and screaming — I have been up all night with him some nights.”

Mr Andrew Baldwin, oral and maxillofacial consultant at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said: “The decision was made that he was not unwell enough to warrant being admitted into hospital, as he appeared pain free and no further emergency treatment was required.

“He was discharged with antibiotics to treat a dental abscess.

“After he was seen, Alfie’s mum was given advice to consult with a dentist in the community for further management.”

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1:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Fed Up of Bury says...

Poor kid ! My son was told they could not take his severely infected wisdom tooth out until he has had three infections in it - which he has and had to wait four weeks to see a consultant and now has appointment on 29 April!
Poor kid ! My son was told they could not take his severely infected wisdom tooth out until he has had three infections in it - which he has and had to wait four weeks to see a consultant and now has appointment on 29 April! Fed Up of Bury
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4:45pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Mr. Marcus says...

Who is telling the truth?
If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain.
If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion.
She has a choice.
Who is telling the truth? If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain. If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion. She has a choice. Mr. Marcus
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8:57pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Babbar Divino says...

Mr. Marcus wrote:
Who is telling the truth?
If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain.
If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion.
She has a choice.
The consultant did give her this advice.

"After he was seen, Alfie’s mum was given advice to consult with a dentist in the community for further management".

I'll put this story in plain English.

Kid has toothache
Mum takes kid to A&E for toothache?
A&E prescribe antibiotics and advised Mother to visit a dentist

Sounds perfectly sensible advice to me. Where's the story?
[quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Who is telling the truth? If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain. If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion. She has a choice.[/p][/quote]The consultant did give her this advice. "After he was seen, Alfie’s mum was given advice to consult with a dentist in the community for further management". I'll put this story in plain English. Kid has toothache Mum takes kid to A&E for toothache? A&E prescribe antibiotics and advised Mother to visit a dentist Sounds perfectly sensible advice to me. Where's the story? Babbar Divino
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10:57pm Sat 5 Apr 14

leebee2410 says...

Babbar Divino wrote:
Mr. Marcus wrote:
Who is telling the truth?
If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain.
If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion.
She has a choice.
The consultant did give her this advice.

"After he was seen, Alfie’s mum was given advice to consult with a dentist in the community for further management".

I'll put this story in plain English.

Kid has toothache
Mum takes kid to A&E for toothache?
A&E prescribe antibiotics and advised Mother to visit a dentist

Sounds perfectly sensible advice to me. Where's the story?
His mother took him to a dentist and they couldn't take his tooth out as he is too young. She then took him to a hospital to be told he had to be referred which will then take a further 8 weeks

I know this, because she is my neighbour. The NHS are pathetic!!!
[quote][p][bold]Babbar Divino[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mr. Marcus[/bold] wrote: Who is telling the truth? If the little boy is very poorly, it is wrong to leave this little boy in pain. If his consultant, in his opinion, thinks that it is not a emergency, Alfie's mum should seek a second opinion. She has a choice.[/p][/quote]The consultant did give her this advice. "After he was seen, Alfie’s mum was given advice to consult with a dentist in the community for further management". I'll put this story in plain English. Kid has toothache Mum takes kid to A&E for toothache? A&E prescribe antibiotics and advised Mother to visit a dentist Sounds perfectly sensible advice to me. Where's the story?[/p][/quote]His mother took him to a dentist and they couldn't take his tooth out as he is too young. She then took him to a hospital to be told he had to be referred which will then take a further 8 weeks I know this, because she is my neighbour. The NHS are pathetic!!! leebee2410
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