"Bowel cancer treatment delay"
About: County Hospital Louth / General surgery County Hospital Louth General surgery LN11 0EU
Posted by bowel v (as ),
I was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the beginning of January and because speedy treatment is essential I wanted to use my private medical insurance, my GP and hospital convinced me that because my notes were given the NHS 'white stamp' I would get priority treatment, After my scans my surgeon gave me a surgery date for the end of February so I used that time to change my lifestyle and diet to give myself the best possible chance, I took my bowel prep on the day of the surgery and arrived at Lincoln Hospital on time @ 7: 30, I waited 5 hours and was told I was next in theatre by my prep nurse then sent home because no intensive care bed was available, later that day a phone call gave me another appointment but made it clear there was no guarantee.
In order to go private I would need all my scans and biopsies to be redone, prolonging my despair, I'm now at the mercy of the NHS which I have completely lost confidence in.
Now I'm sat waiting and worrying that my cancer is spreading while I wait, catch it early they said, I did everything right except listen to NHS advise, why was I so stupid!