"Problems arranging appointments"
About: West Suffolk Hospital / Paediatrics West Suffolk Hospital Paediatrics IP33 2QZ
Posted by Sii (as ),
I was referred for a non urgent appointment for my son. I phoned immediately and gave dates and times we could not come. The first appointment arrived and it was right in the middle of the dates I had told them we were on holiday and were unable to attend. I phoned and asked to change the appointment and asked them again to avoid certain times. I am an RAF wife who's husband is away. I have another son who I need to be able to pick up and collect from school so asked that these times be avoided as if my older son does not attend school I get into trouble from the education authority.
The second appointment arrived, again at a time I could not attend. When I phoned to ask if I could change it, I was very rudely informed that as this was the second time I was asking to change an appointment it could not be done. I would be discharged and would have to ask my GP to re-refer me.
I have lived in many different areas of the UK and all hospitals have allowed you to book an appointment when it is best for you. "Choose and book" I believe it was called. Could West Suffolk hospital not introduce this system?
I understand the problems arranging appointments but I feel that as I had informed the hospital times I was unavailable it was very unfair to then offer me not one, but two appointments at times I had clearly stated were not possible.