"Waiting for an operation at Staffordshire General Hospital"
About: Royal Stoke University Hospital Royal Stoke University Hospital Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG South Staffordshire PCT South Staffordshire PCT Rugeley WS15 1UL Stafford Hospital / General medicine Stafford Hospital General medicine ST16 3SA Stafford Hospital / General surgery Stafford Hospital General surgery ST16 3SA
Posted by justwantcare (as ),
I have been waiting for an operation by the Urologists at Stafford Hospital since May 2010. It was an urgent referral in December however I had a Stroke so it had to be postponed. It should then have been in May however Stafford Hospital cannot do the operation until the PCT make a determination who will pay for the post operative clinical care because after 12 years of operations when I have had to pay this time I have now said no.
So now I have to suffer the excruciating pain and a clinical condition that is detrimental to my whole heath and worse than that is making my co morbidities go into free fall and creating even more clinical problems such as that one of the Senior Clinical staff at the UHNS has now had to organise a scan of my brain as this wait is causing more damage to my cerebral small vessel disease whilst increasing the frequency of seizures furthermore the heightened and prolonged pain from my Thalamic syndrome.
In Staffordshire it seems to me that we have a Notional Health Service and not a National Health Service and I feel that people are all too quick to blame the clinician’s and health care professionals at Staffordshire Hospitals. In my opinion, Staffordshire Hospitals Clinicians and their Nursing and Care and housekeeping staff on the whole are dedicated however it seems to me that they are weighed down jumping across hurdle after hurdle of endless Bureaucrat after Bureaucrat...!
A Clinical Director and two Senior Clinicians and a Community Nurse despite having given up an evening for a case conference with the PCT in hope that they will resolve the issue with the PCT only to be told after nearly two hours by the PCT that the decision of who pays for post operative clinical care is not their decision?
I have to wonder why any Clinician or Nurse in Staffordshire would give of their time and bat for a patient to relieve their suffering and save their life only to be treated in a way that I would describe as like a mushroom by the PCT i.e. kept in the dark and covered in organic material........!
As the patient and in agony, I felt extremely sorry for the clinicians however now they have seen it for themselves just what I as a patient have had to put up with and the 7 Strokes and sequelae and going blind and deaf in my right ear and paralysed and 65% of the time having to have everything via my PEG tube is the easy part of my life the hard part of my life is coping with what I think is the Notional Health Service Bureaucrats.