"Had to cancel my appointment with Rheumatoligist because I was unable to get to St Richards due to heavy snow"

About: St Richard's Hospital / Rheumatology

(as the patient),

Today 2nd February 2009 I was forced to cancel my appointment with my Rheumatologist at 3.40pm due to heavy snow,no buses and treacherous road conditions.When I telephoned Outpatients to explain they couldn't give me another appoinment until 29th June (21 weeks away) So through no fault of my own I will not be able to get my xray and blood results and discuss my treatment for a further 5 months.My initial specialist appointment was last September.This beggars belief that I am now left in limbo because the outpatients receptionist can't/won't fit me in earlier than the end of June. Surely she could have used some flexibility as my excuse for changing the appointment was totally genuine and unavoidable.For the record I live 6 miles away from the hospital and I am disabled with severe arthritis.What a way to be treated,it's a damned disgrace.

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