"Traum and Orthopaedic waiting list"
About: Colchester General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics Colchester General Hospital Trauma and orthopaedics CO4 5JL
Posted by Boldy (as ),
Despite many specialised surgeons in the Orthopaedics department of Colchester General Hospital, it appears that there is only one who is able to deal with lower back/spinal problems; resulting in a lengthy waiting list. However, it also appears that an appointment with a specialist doesn't necessarily mean you are going to see the specialist, instead you might be seen by a colleague of who will discuss your case at the next MDT meeting. Once a decision has been made you are put on to a waiting list to see the specialist and yes, you've guessed it, you don't necessarily get to see the specialist- you see a colleague who may then tell you that you need to see the specialist and offers to put you on the waiting list. And so on.
I feel one consultant should not be expected to deal with so many patients and have such little influence over the patients.
I have been left in severe pain but without seeing the specialist, who has already agreed I need an operation, I won't be put on the waiting list.
The current system isn't working.