"Long wait for an appointment"

About: Tameside General Hospital / General medicine

(as a staff member),

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Had an appointment on in late October which he attended only to be told the doctor was ill and unavailable so has had to wait for another appointment in the middle of November. He is in pain - why couldn't another doctor have given him his injection?

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Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

I am sorry that your experience during your visit was not satisfactory. This is certainly not the standard of care we expect for our patients.

Without the details I am unable to establish where this process failed on this occasion but will happily investigate further if you would contact our PALs dept. Tel: 0161 922 4466 or email Pals@tgh.nhs.uk

Kind regards,

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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