About: University Hospital Of Wales University Hospital Of Wales
Posted by Graham (as ),
The University Hospital in Cardiff has good and bad points. They have tried to treat me for about ten years and every time you need to see a diferent consultant the wait is long.
I was referred to for an urgent MRI scan in 2005 and told by the consultant it would be within three months, it was then re-assessed as non-urgent with an 18 month wait. The result of this was a referral to a neurosurgeon, I was forced to go private by another wait of 1 year to 18 months for an initial appointment. After seeing him I was advised that I need a Neurologist with another long wait.
I was referred urgently but then told of a 9 month wait - this was chased up by my GP which got it within four months. Then I was given the brush off and signed off in in less than half an hour with a diagnosis that had been tried years before and proved wrong then.
The UHW nursing staff are very good - caring, helpful and do their best. The Hospital is let down by the fact that to get anywhere towards a diagnosis for chronic conditions you have to pay to see a consultant to avoid wasting time by being dismissed by a consultant who has not read the notes and has pre-decided to pass the buck.