"Hernia op. Required"

About: Wycombe Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

Wye valley GP referred me to Wycombe for a hernia operation in December last year. The delay got to 18 weeks so I contacted the surgery manager who phoned somebody and cameback to me and said I'd be hearing something. No problem with Surgery.

A letter arrived giving me an appointmenent with consultant in April who said he'd place me on his list and I would be fixed up within 6/7 weeks by either him or one of his team. I was told I would have to have a Heart Monitor fitted for 24 hours. All done, ok and I'd hear more soon which I did. We went out for the day and arrived home to find a letter had arrived with an appointment for 1.30pm that afternoon.

It gets worse. A new appointment arrived for 18th. Good. A few days later another letter arrived apologizing but now delayed until 27th. Even this is only for a review to possible operation. Words fail me. Usual story.

Words fail me. I've considered going private. Had a £200 consultation. Will cost minimum of £2000. Why should I have to when I paid for a stamp every week for a full working life?

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Response from Sue Hynard, Steve Baker's Office, MP for Wycombe

Hello Mr Read,

I work in the constituency office of Steve Baker MP. I'm sorry to hear you have had to wait so long for a hernia operation.

If you live in the Wycombe constituency and would like Steve Baker to take this up with the hospital authorities you are welcome to ring my colleague, Jacqui Dinan-Hayward in the constituency office on 01494 448408.

Yours sincerely,

Sue Hynard

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