"Late running appointments"

About: Tameside General Hospital / Gastroenterology

(as the patient),

I had an appointment with the Colorectal Surgery Outpatient Department late yesterday afternoon. On arrival, at the correct time, I was advised that the clinic was running slightly behind. I asked approximately how far behind and was advised that the delay was currently at 2 hours and he had not finished his afternoon clinic. I know from previous experience that delays are always underestimated so realistically we were looking at 2-3 hours from my appointment time. I am sure me turning up 2-3 hours after my appointment would not be acceptable so why would it be assumed that I will accept this kind of delay. Perhaps ringing and cancelling some appointments would be better.

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Response from John Goodenough, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for taking time to share your experience on the Patient Opinion website.

I am sorry that you experienced delays in the Colorectal Outpatient clinic. I will ensure the responsible manager is made aware in order to investigate the matter further.

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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