"Exceptional Attention and Treatment"

About: Perth Royal Infirmary / Respiratory Medicine Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh at Little France / Respiratory Medicine

(as the patient),

Since August of last year when Doctor Price said I should have my chest x-rayed, I have had the most timely and helpful experiences to investigate and treat the problem. I have had x-rays, an MRI scan, a PET scan, 4 separate Bronchoscopies and a number of clinics until today when Dr. Short confirmed to me that there was no longer the obstruction at the top of the right lung, which had shown up during my first and subsequent Bronchoscopies, until the last in early March, which showed that the obstruction had disappeared. I also had a consultation in December with Mr Walker at the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh with a view to undergoing Surgery to remove the Top lobe of my right lung complete with the obstruction. We agreed that I would have my 4th Bronchoscopy in 3 months time to check if it had grown or became malignant before a final decision was made. Dr. Short told me that now that the obstruction had gone and no malignancy had been found there was no need for that surgery to go ahead.

I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Price, Dr. Wiiiamson Dr. Short, Mr. Brown, their colleagues and Mr. Walker all of whom provided me with thorough and very prompt attention right along the whole timeline. I would particularly like to thank the chest clinic secretaries who were extremely helpful in arranging and re-arranging appointments for me with the surgeons concerned.

Note to Dr Short:

When you talked of being unable to find the offensive obstruction I had forgotten a bit of a mystery which I experienced about 6 or seven weeks ago. I coughed up a piece of material which I examined. It appeared to me to be a roughly cylindrical in shape about ¼” in diameter and maybe 3/8th long. It felt jelly like to touch but was fairly robust. I thought that it may be something that had come into my throat from my stomach so I put it in a bin. This might explain why you could not find any trace of it during the last Bronchoscopy. I am sorry that it never occurred to me at the time or I might have been able to let it be examined.

I am an extremely grateful patient.

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Response from Tracey Passway, Clinical Governance and Risk Team Leader, Clinical Governance and Risk, NHS Tayside

Dear Golffan, thank you for taking the time to express your gratitude to our staff, it is much appreciated.

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Response from Jeannette Morrison, Head of Patient Experience, NHS Lothian

Dear Golffan

Like Tracey, thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences with us. I have passed your feedback into the staff at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, who I am sure will be delighted with this feedback.

Kind regards


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