Fundlipocation waiting list..... warning Rant!!!

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I was taken into hosp on Sat evening as I couldnt control my pain. After lots of entonox, oramorph and tramadol, eventually I was comfy and went home at 4 am with instructions to ring my consultants secretary. and tell them what happened and could I move up the list.Eventually got hold of the temporary secretary ( the proper one was off sick and left her answerpone on saying it was July 25th! - I had to do some detective work to get to her temporary replacement)

I told her about the hospital trip and asked how far I was on the list... oh, she said you wont be on it yet.. you have only been waiting 14 weeks and the list is 40 weeks... yes !! 40 weeks!!!! I was amazed when originally i was told 6 months or 24 weeks but 40???!!! It will be next spring before Im seen. Not sure how im going to make it that long as im detriorating . Just have to suck it up im suppose.... and my sister wonders why Im saying the the NHS wasnt designed for this number of patients..

I am in the Midlans with surgery in Coventry... Surely its not this bad elswhere ?

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    Unfortunately this looks like the situation and with cutbacks it will only get worse.

    Problem is, fundplication is classed as elective surgery rather than emergency or essential so patients linger at the bottom of a long list. I had to wait months for mine and it's got worse since the "18 week" rule was quietly dropped. (Mind you, before that happened, it was a case of the clock being restarted at each of the diffrent stages on the journey from inital request to ending up on the theatre table. ) I had to continually nag - and I know the consultants and surgeons etc quite well.

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