"Lack of treatments for intermittent claudication"

About: Chorley & South Ribble Hospital / Vascular surgery

(as the patient),

Ten years ago I was diagnosed with this medical problem and was only able to walk 100m, but the best advice that the NHS offered was to "book another appointment in six months’ time".

This was to allow the problem to develop ulcers, septicemia, and then spring into action to amputate. This reaction is considered “good patient care”. I decided that this was not going to happen to me, and so I looked for an alternative “care regime" which I found in the USA, but I had to fund it myself.

The result is that I can now walk 2,000m and continuing the regime I am hopeful of a further improvement. Informing my consultant at the local hospital of my progress I was immediately discharged!

My GP was also less interested when I enquired if they would be able to fund the cost. What is most disturbing is that the NHS does not consider researching into the reduction of the basic cause of the problem i.e. plaque, so how can patients receive any constructive support to recover from this medical condition named by the Romans 2,000 years ago, as Intermittent Claudication?

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Response from Chorley & South Ribble Hospital

Thank you for providing feedback about the care and treatment we provide. Your comments have been noted and will be reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement and any actions that may be necessary. If you would like to provide further details, or would like a personal response, please email customer.care@lthtr.nhs.uk, or you can speak with our PALS team on 01772 522972

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