"Waiting to see if I have haemochromatosis"

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary / General medicine

(as the patient),

Some months ago I asked what my blood group was. I was told that 'you don't need to know'.

My two sisters have Haemochromatosis. I asked to be checked for it. First blood test results 'were a bit high' (no figure/further information was given) so I was referred to the hospital, to the department that the computer picked.

Wrong department, but Doctor would not change it. Appointment on Monday in 5 weeks time. Letter from hospital the Saturday before (lucky it got here) to see General Med instead.

He told me a reading of 600+ was nothing - he'd seen 3,000! Normal is 15-200. More blood tests, appointment 'wait and watch - 3 months'. Blood test results in 3 weeks.

Phoned my Doctor after 5 weeks. No results yet and 'don't bother' the Hospital Doc - wait till next visit in June.

Haemochromatosis is a blood disorder (with some serious side effects the longer its not treated). Why was I sent to General Med? Why not Haematology straight away?

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