"Was I punished for seeking a second opinion?"

About: John Radcliffe Hospital / Gastroenterology

(as a relative),

My 11 year old son was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease but not offered any particular treatment for a while. Then he was suddenly prescribed 60 milligrams of prednisolone (steroids) and kept on this high dose for a whole month. This was just after I dared to seek a second opinion at another hospital.

I have since been told that such a dose is high even for an adult. The reason given was a very slight weight loss.

Later, as he suffered coming off this high dose, we were told on the phone to put him on immuno-suppressants. This is the treatment my young son suffered at the hands of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

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Response from John Radcliffe Hospital

The Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust is currently reviewing historic comments placed on NHS Choices and we note you made a comment in 2009 which was not responded to. The Trust takes both positive and negative feedback recieved from patients, or their families, seriously and, whenever possible, we use any learning gained to improve the service we provide. Should you wish to contact the Trust regarding this comment or any other service you have received since, please do not hesitate to contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on palsjr@ouh.nhs.uk or telephone 01865 221473.

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