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Pensioner's painful three-year surgery wait reduced to weeks

9News.com.au logo9News.com.au 9/01/2019 Ben Avery

A disabled pensioner facing a painful three-year wait to see a specialist for an excruciating ear infection, will now be treated in just three weeks after 9News exposed her struggles. 

Flinders Medical Centre today called Vicki Solomon to tell her a doctor can see her by the end of the month. 

"I'm just over the moon, you're still in pain but it's just wonderful, absolutely incredible," Ms Solomon said. 

a person with collar shirt: Morphett Vale woman Vicki Solomon was shocked when told it would take more than three years for minor ear surgery at Flinders Street Medical Centre. © 9news Morphett Vale woman Vicki Solomon was shocked when told it would take more than three years for minor ear surgery at Flinders Street Medical Centre.

"It blew my mind that it was so quick."

The Morphett Vale woman, who also suffers a deadly kidney condition, says the appointment will be life changing after months of struggling to function. 

"That's just one less hassle, hopefully," she said.

The 66-year-old is one of the lucky ones, with other South Australians taking to social media to share their horror stories. 

a person in a room: After 9News revealed Ms Solomon's constant pain, the Flinders Medical Centre today confirmed that she will receive treatment within the month. © 9news After 9News revealed Ms Solomon's constant pain, the Flinders Medical Centre today confirmed that she will receive treatment within the month.

"Try seven years at Flinders for an ENT, then another year for the op needed," one woman wrote. 

"I have been waiting five+ years for the Royal Adelaide Hospital," another added. 

The back-flip on Ms Solomon's case comes as South Australia's peak medical body called for urgent action to reduce hospital waiting times. 

"Certainly that is not satisfactory care," Dr William Tam from the Australian Medical Association said. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Health Minister Stephen Wade has said the government will put more money into tackling long wait times. © 9news Health Minister Stephen Wade has said the government will put more money into tackling long wait times.

"It's about time that we address this issue of waiting lists seriously. 

"I don't think it is irretrievable, I think that it's important to recognise there is the ability to improve on what we are doing." 

The state government says it's committed $45 million in extra funding towards shortening waiting times, but admits that it could be months - even years - before patients see any benefit. 

For Ms Solomon, she hopes others don't face have to deal with what she has. 

"I just hope they treat everybody else the same, rather than a one off," she said. 

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