"Long Wait For Histology After Colonoscopy"

About: Queen Alexandra Hospital / General medicine

(as the patient),

in April 2008 I attended Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth for a colonoscopy because of extreme stomach pain that wouldn't respond to normal pain killers.

A polyp was removed and sent to the laboratory for tests. I was told that the results would be available in one or two weeks. Worried that I may have cancer the following two weeks were quite traumatic.

But, to cut a long story short, I ended up waiting 7 weeks for the results. During which time I rang the consultant's secretary nearly every week, sometimes twice and the stress it caused made my stomach pain worse.

Surely this can't be right. Waiting for potentially life changing information of this nature should be reduced as much as possible.

I would be interested to know from other patients whether they have experienced this sort of delay or whether things have improved.

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