"Time taken for a letter to be sent to GP"

About: Castle Hill Hospital

In early March 2014 I was referred to Hull Royal Inf Acute Assessment Unit by my GP with a fast abnormal heart rate and high blood pressure. After tests I was then referred to Castle Hill Cardiology Dept (approx. 20th March) I was then given Myocardial Perfusion Stress & Rest tests on 1st & 2nd April the Cardiologist who after the stress test said there was something at the back of my heart she "was not happy about", and after consultation with the doctor they would call me back or contact my GP. I have spoken with my GP on at least three occasions, on Thurs 15th May I was told they had the results but were awaiting a letter from the Cardiologists before I could see my GP. Also I have attempted to contact the doctor's Secretary on three separate occasions between 14-04-14 and 04-06-14 finally being told she is not at work due to illness and no one else is covering the doctor. With the exception of the response of the administration the staff at both hospitals were very good however I feel that the length of time, now over 2 months (and still waiting), to send a letter to my GP is completely unacceptable.

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Response from Castle Hill Hospital

Dear Mr BilsdonThank you for placing your posting on the NHS Choices website. We are sorry to read of your recent experience and we will ensure that the staff concerned are made aware. If you would like to discuss this matter further with us, please do not hesitate to contact our Patient Advice & Liaison Service on (01482) 623065 or email on pals@hey.nhs.uk . If you would like to become more involved in decisions about local healthcare, we are recruiting members. By becoming a member you receive our quarterly newsletter, find out more about your local NHS and help us improve local services. You can also attend our ‘medicine for members’ sessions and respond to questionnaires. You don’t need any special skills or experience to become a member; you just need an interest in local health services. There is no commitment, you can get involved as much or as little as you choose. For more information please either email foundation.trust@hey.nhs.uk or telephone the Corporate Affairs office on telephone number (01482) 675165. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us with your views on local NHS services. Kind regards, Patient Experience Team Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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