"A very concerned outpatient!"
About: Whipps Cross University Hospital Whipps Cross University Hospital E11 1NR
Posted by Babs Hull
On 2nd April this year I was admitted to Whipps with severe head pain and vomiting. I had been vomiting at home for a number of hours and unfortunately, I was kept waiting at Whipps for a further four hours before I was seen. In the meantime and while I was waiting to be seen, I developed chest pains. It was not until my sister told staff that I was experiencing these chest pains that I was finally seen. Needless to say, the experience was the worst of my life. I was transferred to the London Chest where further tests were taken and was finally told that I had Myocarditis. I was also told that further tests would be necessary. Fast forward to now and I am still waiting to be referred to Barts for a CMR scan. I decided to get in touch with Barts myself who advised me that they have not yet received a letter from Whipps asking them to do the CMR scan. I then got in touch with Whipps and eventually spoke to a very kind temporary secretary who was inundated with work. They also advised me that there was a huge backlog of work but I would get a letter as soon as possible. So now, as a very worried patient with an issue with my heart I feel that I have been left to worry further. I am currently off work and feeling extremely tired due to being placed on at least six different types of medications which I am told are to protect my heart from any further problems. I know that the NHS is in trouble but I do wonder how long I should wait for this letter of referral? I would also like to add that during my stay at Whipps Cross, the Cardiac ward provided excellent care. However, the food offered was disgraceful and I had to depend on the food brought in by my daughter. I would have thought that to encourage speedy recovery of patients, it is very important to be able to offer them healthy food of a good standard. Im afraid that Whipps Cross does not offer this.