"My surgery was cancelled"
About: Queen Elizabeth Hospital / General surgery Queen Elizabeth Hospital General surgery B15 2TH
Posted by LN75 (as ),
I was due for surgery in early Nov. I live near Rugby so booked a room for the night of the at a hotel so as to be ready at admissions for 7. 0am. Nil by mouth from then on, sat and waited, seen by nurses etc, just a mouth wash available.
I saw other patients go in, but I was last on the list with a red dot by my name, no bed available. I had phoned my daughter twice to say nothing had happened, when she walked in, driven from Southam. I was so surprised but she'd had 'bad feeling' about being cancelled. Vouchers for the restaurant but most had been cleared away.
I was shaking with exhaustion by then but at least I had a lift home, not had to catch a train. Dogs in kennels, train fare and hotel room set me back £100, then there is the cost to NHS of theatre staff unable to carry out surgery.
I was told it would be 1-2 weeks and I would get another date. Two weeks and not a word. In a new hospital there is no spare capacity.