"heart surgery"

About: New Cross Hospital

Mr B Walker March 2014. I was on the waiting list at New Cross for a CABG. I had a sudden attack of Atrial Fibrillation and was admitted to Walsall Manor Hospital for two days as a precaution, during my stay there they were in touch with New Cross about my case. The specialist at New Cross in charge of my case informed them that I may not now be suitable for a CABG. APRIL 3rd 2014 I was admitted to New Cross.for CABG, It was to take place the next morning, the evening before the Operation the surgeon came to see me and discussed the procedure that was to take place the next morning, I asked the question that was bothering me, what did Walsall Manor mean when they said i may not now be suitable for CABG. Immediately everything changed and the surgeon started looking back through my notes he informed me that there was one of my arteries that he could not be sure about grafting and he wouldn't be sure about it until he had opened me up and looked at it, furthermore if it turned out he couldn't graft it I may be no, better after the operation than I was at that time. He left me overnight to think about whether I still wanted the procedure or not. After a sleepless night I couldn't see any point in undergoing a major operation like that when there was severe doubt about the outcome. So reluctantly I turned down the operation and came home. I am drawing attention to this matter as the resulting reports from New Cross that have been sent to the Manor Hospital and to my GP have conveniently left out all the details about myself not being informed about the possibility of failure and just state that I turned down surgery without mentioning the shortcomings of the Surgeon who failed to tell me very important information about my case.

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Response from The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust

Dear Mr Walker

I was sorry to read your concerns relating to your experience within our Cardiology department. To enable me to look further into your concerns, I would be grateful if you can contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01902 695362 to discuss this further.

Kindest regards

Judith Davis

Acting Patient Experience Lead