Grandfather, 84, commits SUICIDE after ‘losing hope’ over chronic pain after NHS knee operation


Julian Pryer, 84, took his own life after losing ‘hope’ of receiving prompt treatment for chronic pain he suffered following an NHS knee operation.

His Story

The pensioner who is a great-grandfather was in constant agony after the procedure and was desperate to alleviate the pain.

He took a fatal overdose of prescription medication days after being told he would have to wait at least eight months before being treated at the local pain clinic.

Mental health services also refused to see him, despite a referral from his GP, because his problems were physical.

Court Heard

Court heard Mr Pryer had a full replacement of his right knee at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) in January last year.

The procedure was deemed to have been a success but in the months that followed he lived in constant pain.

He had regular contact with his GP, who made referrals to the orthopaedic team at NNUH.

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Why He Was in Pain

Scans revealed Mr Pryer had suffered a large tear in his quads – the group of muscles at the front of the thigh – as well as spinal problems.

He was seen by staff at the hospital‘s pain clinic but was told it would be well into the following year before he could hope for any treatment.

Around this time, Mr Pryer’s GP referred him to mental health services after his daughter reported he had revealed he was considering taking an overdose.

Mr Pryer was found dead at his house on August 14, days after being told of the eight-month wait to be seen at the pain clinic.

He left a suicide note explaining his reasons to his family.

Mr Pryer, the only son among eight siblings, was born in India. He went on to have three children, as well as nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

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