"Little time for cancer after-care"
About: Torbay Hospital Torbay Hospital Torquay TQ2 7AA
During the diagnosis and treatment stages of my cancer, I could not praise this hospital more highly. Everything about each stage of the way was spot on.
After I finished radiotherapy and returned asking for some support, the nurse said virtually that they warned me it would be like this and I felt like I was wasting their time. I went back to my GP and practice nurse and local pharmacy and they were fantastic.
Recently I attended a follow up oncology appointment. I didn't see the consultant I was expecting to and when I did go in for my appointment, the consultant couldn't get rid of me fast enough and even opened the door of the consulting room and said goodbye before I had got any of my clothing back on. There was no time for me to express any concerns or ask any questions. From my point of view this was a wasted 50 mile round trip and a day's lost pay just so that the consultant could tick a few statistical boxes. I hope this isn't going to be like this on every visit for the next five years.
Just because they are running late shouldn't mean that some patients get short-changed for time. If consultants and other hospital staff had to go through this bitter experience themselves then I think a totally different approach would be given to patient care at every stage of the treatment journey.