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About: Dewsbury & District Hospital

Yes - it's two years since I was referred to Cardiology!

I was initially referred to the Cardiology Department in May 2103.

I had two tests in August 2013 – both of which were ‘inconclusive’.

No results were forthcoming. After several complaints to the Trust and the Ombudsman (the Trust did not answer the complaints) I was given an appointment for May 2014. It was quite spooky that I was given an appointment within days of a complaint to the Ombudsman! Nine months for test results?

I was prescribed beta blockers as my heartbeat was so irregular they could not conduct an echo-cardiogram. I was advised I would need another echo-cardiogram (when the beta-blockers had taken effect) and I was to return in four months. I told the Cardiologist this would not happens as there seemed to be an eight to ten moth wait for an appointment. They said that appointment scheduling was out of their hands.

That four months ran to January 2015! It was four months later than scheduled.

The visit in January resulted in a second 7 day event monitor being fitted.

It is now August 2015 and I am still no wiser and am still prone to the same symptoms that caused the initial referral.

I understand that Cardiology is now moving to Pinderfields? Or is that just the CCU? Either way I presume that when the decision was made they did not take into account the lack of public transport to that area? The problems for the disabled and the elderly?

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Response from Dewsbury & District Hospital

We will be pleased to arrange for the appointment issue to be looked into if the patient would like to contact us directly with details.

With regard to service changes, Dewsbury and District Hospital will continue to have a multi disciplinery cardiology team on site, including medical staff, chest pain nurses and inpatient medical ward. Cardiology out patient clinics will continue to be provided at Dewsbury and patients will be booked into clinics at their nearest hospital. The Trust also provides a free shuttle bus service which runs between the Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract hospital sites.

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