"Chest pain and vasculitis"

About: Bristol Royal Infirmary / Accident and emergency Bristol Royal Infirmary / Cardiology

(as the patient),

Was admitted to the BRI with suspected angina.

After four days of waiting for an angiogram they discharged me saying it was my chest wall that was causing the pain. I was officially discharged by the Specialist two weeks layer in Outpatients, again diagnosis was "chest wall" pain.

Had an appointment for stress test and nuclear scan three months later, have no idea who ordered it as I was discharged from the BRI, had both tests done was told I would be called back if anything was discovered and my Dr would be informed.

I heard nothing for nearly nine months, assumed that all was ok despite still having the angina pain. Meanwhile I was diagnosed with vasculitis and my records from the BRI was obtained by my rheumatologist and it was discovered I had three blocked arteries.

Needless to say I was very shocked and angry. Thank goodness for an alert rheumatologist who quickly got it sorted for me, alas I still have to see this specialist and I really don't trust him. Never once did he apologise for his mistake, however I did have an apology from his Superior which really helped.

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