"I've always been impressed ..."
About: University College Hospital University College Hospital London NW1 2BU
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What I liked
I've always been impressed with the helpfulness of the staff, as well as the facilities.
Most importantly, I felt that my concerns and symptoms were taken seriously and I was well cared for. Generally, I believe that the standard of care is very good indeed.
What could be improved
Communication between departments and with me has been patchy - I've missed appointments (and worse, procedures) that I did not know had been booked for me, therefore wasting scarce resources; though I feel this is already improving.
There is a long wait to see a specialist (both in clinic and to book). Although this is largely unavoidable, it becomes problematic when I have a flare-up, and I am recommended to go to A&E, even though this is a chronic disease and I'd rather not be taking up a bed in acute wards. Perhaps a little more emphasis on self-care or ongoing arrangements with chronic patients (or ability to see a consultant at the clinic soon) may ease the congestion there?
I've been attending UCH as an outpatient in the Gastroenterology clinic and occasionally as an inpatient for five years. In this time I've been seen at A&E, stayed in wards and been in for endoscopies and MRI scans. The quality of ongoing care is brilliant and largely makes it worth the long waiting times. Most importantly, I don't feel that my care has been rationed in any way, and that I will be offered whatever treatment or test is felt to be helpful. All in all, thank you.