"Gynaecological cancer care"
Posted by Ma23 (as ),
This is a historical post but still worth posting I think. After a very sudden and considerable gynecological bleed (4 years into menopause), I called NHS 24. I was told just to go to my GP. In hindsight I should simply have attended hospital in any case. I managed to get an appointment later that day. My GP was very concerned and said he would refer me for an "urgent" outpatient appointment - probably later that week.
Two weeks later I had heard nothing (still bleeding), and GP said they would chase it up. Was eventually seen 10 weeks later (still bleeding! ). Was called back after 2 weeks for results (not good news) and told I would be having surgery within the next 3 weeks; eventually had surgery nearly 6 weeks later!
One year on, and following not only major surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and brachytherapy, I cannot fault the in and outpatient care I received once things got moving - but I am concerned that a timescale that could potentially have been around a month from first symptoms to surgery turned into four and a half months (and then 6 months of treatment). I'm sure this breaks all the cancer treatment guidelines, and feel very lucky that things were still treatable by the time I was finally seen.