"Post-surgery follow-up appointments -..."
About: Cumberland Infirmary Cumberland Infirmary Carlisle CA2 7HY
After a fall from height I sustained two broken heels. The care in the ward was brilliant and the subsequent operation and post operative care was fine. However... three weeks ago I had my staples out and was told that I needed a follow-up appointment in 4 weeks time (taking me to 5th November) at which an X-Ray would be done to assess whether the bones are adequately healing and to determine the next course of action (i.e. further work, physiotherapy etc.). Last week I received a letter from the Infirmary telling me that the appointment has been cancelled. I have tried repeatedly to chase up a replacement appointment but to no avail. The receptionist was unable to help other than to provide me with a number for the consultant's secretary however this number rang out without answer for a week until today when it was answered and I was transferred to two other people from which it eventually transpired that no additional clinics have been scheduled. After a very unsatisfactory discussion, I found that the consultant has a clinic scheduled on 6th November at West Cumberland Hospital. I have obtained an appointment at this clinic as this is my closest hospital (why was I not seen here for my staples out in the first instance?) so hopefully that appointment will be honoured. My concerns are: 1) The longer it takes to be seen, the more precarious my recovery becomes as it is not yet clear whether the bones are healing properly. 2) The receptionists seem to be unaware of the position re clinics. 3) The receptionists seem to be unaware of the impact of delays to clinics for people who are relying on further information (thinking in particular of advising work of the status/prognosis etc.) This is unacceptable.