"Drop in facility for those with pacemaker /..."
About: Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester M23 9LT
Posted by Steve Tolley
I think Wythenshawe Hospital, its staff and its management do a really fine job. I have absolutely no complaints re current services. 10 out of 10 all round.
I just wonder however if a drop in facility-say just a few minutes per clinic - could be made available for patients who rely for life, on pacemakers and defibrillators, to allow them the opportunity to have them checked if a serious problem is suspected.
For example I have just suffered rather strange heart attack like symptoms and have been checked out at Bolton Royal Infirmary-thankfully all was well in that I hadn't suffered a heart attack. At the time of my admission I and the Bolton staff-didn't even consider that my pacemaker could have been the cause of my worrying physical symptoms. Now on realising that this could be the case I have to make a scheduled appointment or cause great fuss in trying to get my batteries and pacemaker checked out, taking my consultant's very able secretary off their normal busy routine.
I don't like to be a pain or a problem to anyone but if I do/did have a problem with my device through injury or sudden battery loss (Which I fully understand would be rare!) then it would be so helpful and less stressful to have a relaxed arrangement whereby the technicians on clinic days could spend just a few minutes to check out the functionality of any device and thereby reassure a patient that inevitably feels extremely vulnerable that all is well. If all is not well then only at that time would the Consultant and their staff be involved.
I know that the NHS is not cash strong but I am now scheduled to take up a full session with my consultant via their staff, which may well be better utilised. My initial experience of being told that I would have to wait a few days is wholly discouraging. Thankfully I have now been assured by telephone that batteries never just die and that pacemaker difficulties are extremely rare.
I sincerely hope that this is the case!
Thanks again for all the wonderful work with apologies to the consultant's secretary, who has been very helpful.
From my own experience, I do feel extremely vulnerable at times and wholly beholden to the 3 volt battery operated device in my chest, as wonderful as it so undoubtedly is. I therefore apologise if I have caused any offence due to my rather selfish concerns.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.