"Waiting time following heart test"
About: Medway Maritime Hospital / Cardiology Medway Maritime Hospital Cardiology ME7 5NY
Posted by Brugmansia (as ),
My GP arranged an appointment for me to see a cardiologist, having had a Qaudruple Heart bypass in 1998 I started having some problems in December / January 2015
I waited 5 months for the appointment, I saw the cardiologist at the beginning of May 2015, who has arranged for some tests, appointment received for later on this month.
At the consultation with the cardiologist my notes could not be found, there was no note paper for him to write on, he had to leave the room to find some, after he had taken notes and explained what test I would have he said he would see me in 3 months when all the results were in.
I received my appointment for the follow up appointment it is for February 2016
Nine months away.
I rang the number on the letter to ask if this was a mistake and explained that the cardiologist had said he wanted to see me in 3 months not 9 months, the lady on the phone spoke to the doctor's secretary, who said it was the earliest appointment available, but if there was a cancellation she would contact me.
This is a ridiculous situation for patients to be in, this will mean I would have waited 13 months from the time of becoming unwell, just to be diagnosed or receive any treatment.
It's all very well being told if your symptoms get worse call an ambulance but surely the prevention of over loading A&E is what should be happening.