"Don't count on your appointment!"
About: Royal Derby Hospital Royal Derby Hospital Derby DE22 3NE
Posted by John Bell
Given an appointment with ENT for 2nd Dec '13. Received an appointment change for 12th Dec'13. On the second letter a hand written note confirming that the 1st had been cancelled. I was concerned as although I do get many changes of appointment but never before had a hand written note. I 'phoned the hospital to check and was assured that the 2nd Dec had been cancelled and the appointment was for the 12th. You've guessed it. I had been labelled as a non-show on the 2nd and as signs around the reception saying every non-show costs £73. When I turned up for my appt. they were not ready for me, no time or notes for the Specialist. The Consultant was good enough to see me but only had time for me at the end of the list, a wait of 90 minutes. I suffer severe back pains and can not sit or walk about for long. I was in tears. To boot, I had a 30 odd miles to travel which cost and I had to pay for two extra hours car parking! I asked for a refund but did' to even get an apology! The pain in my back was so bad I had troublers driving home in the heavy traffic. Having someone saying sorry would help, knowing who made the mistake would help as would some recompense towards my expenses as I am on a very tight income!