"Poor communication of results"

About: Ayr Hospital / Respiratory Medicine

(as a relative),

My father had a follow up CT chest in December 2015 due to lung nodules. He was seen by a locum physician,in Ayr Hospital. He has as yet not received results of this scan, which has been extremely distressing for him.

On speaking to a respiratory secretary at Ayr Hospital I was advised that although his results were available, his GP would receive no communication until the locum physician was able to dictate a letter during his next session within Ayrshire and Arran and she was unsure when that would be.

I am concerned at this current practice as there is potential for diagnosis to be delayed due to uncertainty and delay of dictation of a clinical letter.

Could you advise me if this is "normal" practice? What if this locum doesn't do another shift within A&A? Would this mean that patients notes are left without follow up?

As we are still in the dark about his results, I would ask that this matter is dealt with quickly to reduce stress to my father.

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Response from Kate MacDonald, Business Manager, Nurse Directorate, NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Ayrshire and Arran

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Dear Holly Golightly

Thank you for getting in touch with us through Patient Opinion.

In order for us to assist you further, with regards to your father's results, can I please ask that you contact my colleague Lesley Arthur in the Customer Care Team on 01292 513003 or you can email Lesley on Lesley.Arthur@aapct.scot.nhs.uk.

Kind regards

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