"Follow up appointment for problem with vocal cords"
About: Royal Blackburn Hospital Royal Blackburn Hospital Blackburn BB2 3HH
Problem: difficulty speaking and singing Initial appointment on 20th June 2013 was very good. Examination of vocal cords carried out without any pain or discomfort. Nodules diagnosed and therapy arranged. Therapy was excellent - very supportive and informative Follow up appointment on 13th September was very unsatisfactory. The doctor - presumably a registrar - did not wash his hands, attempted to examine my vocal cords with an instrument which was too large for my nostril and caused significant pain. I asked him to stop trying to insert the camera. The doctor sent the nurse for a smaller instrument but by then my nose was abraded and swelling. I felt the camera in the back of my throat and asked for it to be removed. The doctor scoffed at me and said I was too congested, there was nothing to be seen, I had a virus, I had laryngitis. He then presribed Gaviscon and Omeprazole and tried to dismiss me. I enquired what I should do next. He responded, "What do you want to do?" I asked if I needed another appointment. He responded, "If you want one." I then asked if it would be useful to speak with the therapist; he again responded "If you want to." The conversation concluded in this unsatisfactory manner. As I left the room my nose suddenly began to bleed and has done so at intervals ever since. My GP examined my nose on Monday 21st October and said it was still showing signs of damage. It is sore. I am now left not knowing whether my throat has healed - though I suspect not - and unsure of what to do next. Marna J Watson