"Losing confidence in Rotherham Hospital cardiology dept."

About: Rotherham Hospital / Cardiology

(as the patient),

In 2001 I was diagnosed with faulty heart valve after suffering severe shortness of breath whilst working in a well paid job that I loved in Spain and told if I didn't have valve replacement done, the chances of me still being here in 10 years were slim.

12 years on I'm still here, still get very short of breath but now despite being told my condition has worsened, I'm now being told that my heart is not responsible for my shortness of breath and I no longer need a replacement valve and my shortness of breath is down to my asthma.

My GP is worried after checking my blood pressure of 200/85 that my faulty valve might be responsible, but at my recent consultation at Rotherham cardiology dept my GP's findings weren't mentioned. Episodes of waking in the night gasping for breath and heart pounding were dismissed as "nightmares" by the cardiology dept.

Come on guys, I'm 65 and know what nightmares are. I've also had asthma since I was 18 and it's never caused me the sort of problems I'm having now.

I think Rotherham has it wrong but what can I do? Even by writing this I feel I'm burning my bridges behind me. Where do I go from here? I have no confidence in the cardiology dept whose findings are not consistent and I feel I'm just not being listened to and symptoms are being missed.

What do I do from here?

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Response from Grace Oldfield, Patient Involvement Manager, Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Dear prosinger1, thank you for taking the time to post your comments. We appreciate patient feedback and were most concerned to read your account of your experience at our cardiology department. I sincerely apologise that you have lost confidence in the cardiology department and if you would like me to take forward your concerns please contact our Patient Service department on 01709 424461 who will be more than happy to discuss this aspect of your care with you.

With best wishes,


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