"7 hour Pacemaker Check-up journey"
About: Crosshouse Hospital / Cardiology Crosshouse Hospital Cardiology KA2 0BE
Posted by Hearttoheart (as ),
Suggestions for Improvement to Ayrshire + Arran NHS Pacemaker checkups
I would like to make a suggestion for improvement to the pacemaker check-up system for Isle of Arran residents.
Since 2009, my (now) 82 year-old father has been attending annual, then 6 monthly follow-up appointments at Crosshouse Hospital Cardiology Department to have his pacemaker monitored. NHS staff have always provided an excellent service.
My father’s round-trip from Machrie to Crosshouse, involves approximately 7 hours travelling time, in a car and on the Brodick-Ardrossan ferry. His pacemaker check-up appointment takes approximately 15 minutes.
This journey, from 7. 30am until 2. 30pm, is becoming more and more exhausting for him. His appointments are now scheduled for every two months.
I expect that there are other pacemaker patients resident on Arran who regularly make the same journey to Crosshouse Hospital.
May I suggest a change to the system, to bring pacemaker monitoring equipment and specialist staff to run a regular clinic at the Arran War Memorial Hospital at Lamlash?
I hope that this issue is given due consideration.