"Operation cancelled at short notice for the 2nd..."
About: Leicester Royal Infirmary Leicester Royal Infirmary Leicester LE1 5WW
Very disappointed to receive a telephone call yesterday afternoon informing me that my daughters operation scheduled for today has been cancelled. This is now the second time this has happened to my daughter. As parents we try our very best to prepare our children for any procedure they require which is what we had done again for the second time.
My daughter when returning from school yesterday to be told again it had been cancelled burst into tears and asked "why is it my operation they have cancelled again"? Whilst I fully appreciate that procedures have to be prioritised it is very hard trying to explain to your child that they are not as important as another. This is now the second week of annual leave that I have scheduled in order to look after my daughter as she will not be able to go to school for 1 week following the operation, 2 weeks of annual leave lost!
We have now been waiting just over 24 weeks for this operation which is a long time for an anxious child who was told in great detail what the operation would entail by a Consultant early June. PALS contacted, very sympathetic ear but unfortunately it doesn't make a difference to the way we feel.