"Staff were brilliant - let down that there was no aftercare"
About: Tameside General Hospital / Cardiology Tameside General Hospital Cardiology OL6 9RW
Posted by falconcg63 (as ),
Dr Dimarakis was the surgeon who carried out a triple heart by pass on my Father in March 2019.
I can not praise him enough, he has been a true professional, he has been approachable and caring whilst my Dad was under his care.
Further more his secretary has been a God send, I have had to ring her on several occasions for advice (which is above and beyond her role as a secretary) Catherine has been the most professional person, she has been of great help and I'm not sure what I would have done without her.
Following on from my Dad's hospital stay and his return home he went down hill very quickly. Despite having contact numbers for the cardiac nurses nobody ever returned my call. I felt like we had been left high and dry with nobody to support or advise us. This resulted in two emergency doctors being called out and two ambulances. I believe that if we had some kind of support this would have all been unavoidable. He had to stop taking is heart medication due to low blood pressure. Several weeks passed and we were lucky that Catherine (secretary) managed to bring his review appointment forward. He was seen at Tameside Hospital and was admitted the very same day by Dr Dimarakis. Various tests were carried out and he was sent home.
It has taken over 10 weeks to see a slight improvement in my Dad's overall health. It has been a very long and scary process. My point is this:- The surgeon, his secretary and hospital staff were brilliant. However once discharged from the hospital there was nothing or nobody to contact with concerns and his health declining. I have no idea what someone who lived on their own would do! Probably die! There needs to be some form of after care a district nurse or a G.P. visit or a cardiac nurse, There was absolutely nothing at all. I feel very let down in the fact there was no aftercare. The cardiac nurses who are supposed to be there to help have failed entirely. Please look at your aftercare for cardiac patients, it really does need to be addressed. I hope the next person who needs help will get it, currently there seems to be none whatsoever.
Again a huge thank you to the surgeon, he secretary and hospital staff,