"Outpatients long term care"

About: Grantham & District Hospital / Urology

(as the patient),

 I have a cancer diagnosis and am on what is referred to as Active Surveillance. This is ongoing for 2 to 3 years. 

This year, I have felt that I needed to ask when my next routine Appointment was going to happen. Twice since late July I have simply phoned to enquire about my next 'planned' appointment and twice things have happened immediately. Well, as immediately as things happen in the NHS. 

I appreciate that Covid has had a major impact on NHS services and I would have been happy to have been told that my appointment was already in the pipeline but no, on checking, it was agreed that I was due an appointment and one has duly been arranged in reasonable timescales. 

This last time after and MRI In mid August I had heard nothing regarding the MRI results by early November. It turns out that as a result of the MRI, I now need a small procedure.

I'm left wondering, 1 What triggers a review of the MRI results? 2 How long would I have waited if I had not enquired? 

With Covid taking up many hospital beds, will my procedure be delayed, will that have a negative impact on my health and what is the likelihood of catching Covid while at the hospital   ??

My resolution going forward is not to sit back and wait but to simply ask. 


Response from Sharon Kidd, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager, Patient Experience, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust 2 weeks ago
Sharon Kidd
Patient Experience and Engagement Manager, Patient Experience,
United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Submitted on 20/11/2020 at 10:33
Published on Care Opinion at 10:33

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Dear bloodhound

Thank you for taking the time to share your story with us and its always good to simply ask. Whilst we cant go in to specific medical details as your story is anonymous, we would encourage you to ask the questions to our PALS team who will be able to seek the answers for you. The team can be can be contact via PALS@ulh.nhs.uk or 01476 464861



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