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Poor lady

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ninathenana Thu 28-Nov-19 11:54:02

My friend's daughter has been waiting about 10 months for an operation. During which time she has at times been in so much pain as to be reduced to tears.
They had letter saying she was booked for today, they rang yesterday to confirm as per the letter. Yes, all ok. They arrive at hospital 7.30am today to be told the surgeon who was going to perform key hole is on a course. His replacement won't do key hole and nobody to assist with open surgery. So she's been sent home.
I know surgery can be cancelled last minute for several reasons, it's happened to DH. Surely they knew yesterday he was on a course. I just feel so sorry for her to have to wait again to finally be pain free.
Sorry needed to rant.

jaylucy Thu 28-Nov-19 12:01:25

Once again the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing!
It would certainly have been known that the surgeon was on a course probably several weeks ago - unless he isn't actually on a course......................
Sorry, but in a place where I used to work, the "on a course" excuse was used just about for anytime that a professional member of staff didn't turn up !
Do hope that your friend's daughter gets her op, certainly before Christmas.

M0nica Thu 28-Nov-19 12:17:23

Thankfully, for DD, who turned up for an operation to find the session had been cancelled, as well as forgetting to let he rknow the hospital forgot to tell the surgeon, who said, two patients have turned up, I have turned up they will have their operations - and they did.

But for someone in pain that is very wrong. When they do that they should be entitled to the operation within the week.

ninathenana Thu 28-Nov-19 13:24:10

Good news it's rescheduled for 5th Dec.

Gonegirl Thu 28-Nov-19 13:26:26

Oh, that warrants a complaint to the hospital board. It's dreadful.

NotTooOld Thu 28-Nov-19 15:19:05

MOnica - that surgeon is definitely one of the good guys!

grannysyb Thu 28-Nov-19 15:36:23

This happened to my DH in 2012, when his back surgery was cancelled on the day as the surgeon's wife was very ill. We were told that because the cancellation happened on the day, they would have to do the operation within three weeks, and it did happen. Glad it's happened for your DH.

Nonnie Thu 28-Nov-19 16:19:39

This is the sort of thing I was talking about in my thread a week or so ago. It should not happen. So sorry to read it.

Missfoodlove Thu 28-Nov-19 16:53:48

So sorry for your friend.
I have had many infuriating experiences with our NHS!

However on a very positive note my husband saw our GP on the 12 November with a dodgy mole, it had all the signs of melanoma.
He saw a dermatologist on 25 November and had it removed the same afternoon.

We are awaiting the results and naturally apprehensive but the speed and efficiency we have experienced from the NHS has instilled confidence.

Gagagran Thu 28-Nov-19 16:55:51

I had a boss who was frequently on a course on a Friday afternoon - a golf course.