"Why did they have to change my treatment?"

About: University College Hospital / Gastroenterology

(as the patient),

I was so fortunate in my first gastro outpatient appointment (after a very bad spell in hospital) to get a doctor who took the trouble to study my case. For the first time in over six months the medicine gave me relief from diarrhoea. But this was not to last.

Unfortunately, the next appointment and the one after that was with two doctors who told me straight away they knew nothing of my case. One changed my medicines, which made me sick and my diarrhoea returned. The other doctor’s treatment was worse for me. Why did they not read my file? Why was I not allowed to continue with the first doctor who almost cured me? Please, can’t there be continuity? Especially when I had even written to say how beneficial the first doctor’s treatment was for me. He helped me and now goodness knows what will happen. Diarrhoea is horrible; it has kept me housebound so far.

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