"Delays in getting my operation"
Posted by Corky40 (as ),
In May 2012 I attended Crawley Hospital (Day Surgery), where my appointment was promptly made and the staff were excellent. I was told I would know within 3 months of surgery if all was well.
In the first instance my recovery was excellent, but just after 3 months later I was in agony and bleeding heavily. It took 2 months to see my consultant, during which time I was in pain and bleeding pretty much every day (this continues).
I am under the care of the same consultant but now require major surgery at East Surrey Hospital in Redhill. I explained to the consultant during consultation that when I had recovered from the original surgery in May I had booked a holiday for November, believing the surgery to have been a success. She suggested I have the major surgery immediately upon my return. However, the date offered was the week before my holiday; as my condition was pre-existing, costs were not covered by my travel insurance and I would have been unable to fly after surgery.
The surgery was re-booked, but instead of December as requested it was booked for January. This was cancelled the day prior to surgery, due to noro-virus and has again been re-scheduled for a month hence. I was warned that the surgery may well be cancelled again.
So much for the NHS 18 week standard which is set for for assessment and treatment.