"The x-ray process is not fit for purpose"
About: Cossham Hospital Cossham Hospital Bristol BS15 1LF
Posted by Mark
I was refered by my GP for an x-ray on a suspected stress fracture. It was taken promptly with only a small waiting time which was great. I was then told the results would be sent to my doctors (Wellspring medical centre) in 7 to 10 days and they would contact me if there was a problem. This was a pretty disapointing time scale. How long can it take to analyse an X ray? 5 minutes? After 11 days I checked with the medical centre to find out what was happening. I was told to wait a couple more days and try again. After 17 days i called Cossham hospital myself and eventually found out that the results had been posted some time ago. Presumeably my results had been lost in the post. There seems to be very poor communication between different parts of the NHS. Since i was told that i would only be contacted if there was a problem I could easily be under the impression that everything is ok. It's laughable that the results are transfered by post! In future I will be using A and E for any X-Rays...