"please tell us the truth re waiting list times"
About: Chase Farm Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Chase Farm Hospital Trauma and orthopaedics EN2 8JL
Posted by Hippie (as ),
I had an outpatients appointment with a consultant at Chase Farm at the end of January and was told that I would be put on the 'urgent' list for a hip replacement.
I was advised by the consultant that the waiting list 'wasn't too bad' and that I would have to wait between 8 - 10 weeks for a surgery date.
Due to external circumstances / extreme pain, I decided not to use the NHS but to have the op done privately. It was done in February. When I phoned the Appointments department to cancel my place on the list, I was told that the waiting list for hip replacements was 'horrendous'.
When I asked how long I would have had to wait had I had the op done on the NHS, I was told a minimum of ten months and probably longer, and for some surgeons, well over a year.
Patients should be told the truth re waiting list times to enable them to make informed decisions re their own well-being.