"Asked for a second opinion on my heart"

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary / Cardiology Rotherham Hospital / Cardiology

(as the patient),

2001 I was diagnosed with faulty heart valve after suffering severe shortness of breath whilst working in a well paid job that I loved in Spain and told if I didn't have valve replacement done, the chances of me still being here in 10 years were slim. 12 years on I'm still here, still get very short of breath but now despite being told my condition has worsened, I'm now being told that my heart is not responsible for my shortness of breath and I no longer need a replacement valve and my shortness of breath is down to my asthma.

My GP is worried after checking my blood pressure of 200/85 that my faulty valve might be responsible but at my recent consultation at RDGH cardiology dept. my GP's findings weren't mentioned. Episodes of waking in the night gasping for breath and heart pounding were dismissed as "nightmares" by the cardiology dept, Come on guys, I'm 65 and know what nightmares are. I've also had asthma since I was 18 and it's never caused me the sort of problems I'm having now. I think the RDGH has it wrong but what can I do? Even by writing this I feel I'm burning my bridges behind me. Where do I go from here? I have no confidence in the cardiology dept whose findings are not consistent and I feel I'm just not being listened to and symptoms are being missed. What do I do from here?

Well I asked for a 2nd opinion and was called to Doncaster Royal infirmary who tells me the exact opposite from RDGH, come on guys, what’s going on? I tend to believe Doncaster but should I go for best of 3? RDGH has been a complete wait of time my time and they don’t consider my thoughts on the matter. After these experiences I’m glad I’m away from RDGH.

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Response from Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

We're sorry to hear you're feeling confused and can totally appreciate you just want to know what the problem is and what can be done about it. Hopefully you are happy with the care you have received so far at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals. Our Cardiology team are very keen to support patients and to make sure you have all the information you need.

Dr Gillian Payne, Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Director for Medical Specialties, would be very happy to answer any queries you have, if you'd like to get in touch. You can contact her on gillian.payne@dbh.nhs.uk or by phone via our switchboard (01302 366666).

We hope you find this information helpful. Best wishes.

Response from Kerry Hollingworth, Corporate Affairs Officer, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

Dear prosinger1, thank you for your post on Patient Opinion. We are sorry to hear that you remain confused about the care you have received at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust. We would be very happy to discuss this further with you and would be grateful if you would contact Shireen Say, Matron for Cardiology at TRFT, who would like to discuss your concerns and advise on next steps. She can be contacted on 01709 427217.

With best wishes,


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