INFURIATED mum Kathryn Corbett – whose son featured in posters promoting the new Pontefract Hospital two years ago – is still battling to get hydrotherapy treatment for her son.
The Express reported in November how cerebral palsy sufferer Thomas Corbett, four, had been left waiting six weeks for leg splints to help him exercise, and was denied access to the pool at Pinderfields Hospital because it was only open while he is at school.
Mrs Corbett, 32, of Swanhill Lane, Pontefract, said Thomas received the splints after the Express report, but she has been told he must use public baths for his recommended hydrotherapy.
Until he started school in September, Thomas had attended weekly classes at the Pinderfields pool.
She said: “We are so angry with how we have been treated by the hospital and there must be other parents out there who are equally frustrated with the opening times.
“We don’t have the option of taking Thomas to public swimming baths, we have tried but the water is too cold for him and he literally turns blue.
“I used to be able to take him on a Wednesday afternoon to a children’s class but there are no classes for children his age now that are outside school hours.”
“We are not going to take him out of school to take him to the hydrotherapy sessions because it is just as important that he is there.”
Mrs Corbett added: “They haven’t sorted out Thomas’ access to the hydrotherapy pool at all, we have complained numerous times and either never heard anything back or didn’t get through to anyone.”
David Curtis, associate director of operations with responsibility for therapy services at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We are aware of Mrs Corbett’s concerns, which we are looking into and we will contact Mrs Corbett directly to discuss Thomas’ ongoing care and treatment.”