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I am 56, male and started to suffer with diverticular disease in 2006 when I felt bloated and passed blood.
I was diagnosed with severe diverticular disease and had polyps removed during an extremely painful colonoscopy. I was not given the results of a biopsy and spent many days worrying until I phoned and was told I was clear-which is why no-one had bothered to inform me.
I had another attack in 2008-and only my insistence meant that I was seen again. I was told that it would pass but I should expect a recurrence.
This year on Friday April 9th-late night-I started to pass blood again and felt very unwell. I had the emergency doctor out to me and was prescribed a strong antibiotic. I went to my own GP on Monday 12th April.
I was told that I would need another colonoscopy and to prepare for possible cancer. I was signed off work.
Two weeks later, nothing had happened.I went back and was given more antibiotics and the results of a bloodtest taken on the 13th. I was told to show the results to the specialist.
I tried returning to work, but could only manage one morning. I felt nauseous and very ill so got signed off for another two weeks.
Another week passed. I asked at the surgery why I hadn't heard anything. I was told that the request to the specialist hadn't been faxed until the 18th-1 week late. I was told to contact the Health Authority to see about an appointment.
When I phoned I was told that they hadn't received the request until the 27th April-15 days after I saw my GP. Then, when I asked about seeing a specialist I was told I would have a 6-week wait.
At this point I contacted Benenden Friendly Society who told me I could go privately.
The local private hospital could do nothing until my GP sent a referral. I saw a Locum. He said they were not prepared to help unless Benenden wrote to them confirming payment. I contacted Beneden and had them fax the confirmation to my GP. I had the GP fax the request to the hospital.
I saw a specialist. He wanted me to have a CT scan before the colonoscopy which was booked for today, May 17th.
They lost the CT scan request.
I eventually had the CT scan.
I took the preparation for the colonoscopy last night and then again this morning.
The colonoscopy has been postponed until Saturday 22nd may.
I wanted the CT scan results. The hospital said they would fax them to my GP. I walked to the surgery-only 1/2 mile. They said they didn't have the results. I lost my temper and walked out.
When I got home my GP phoned to say that, yes, he had got them-and nothing showed up.
I'm still unable to eat. My bowel plays up all the time. I feel terrible and can't work-although I tried again for 1 1/2 days.
It's now 5 weeks since I first saw my GP. I am truly disgusted at this lack of care in Thanet, Kent.
I hope other peoples' experiences are nothing like mine.
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