"My ongoing treatment and diagnosis"

About: Kent & Canterbury Hospital / Endocrinology

(as the patient),

In early August 2015 I saw my GP. I had been feeling excessively tired, I was sent for blood tests and subsequently referred to Kent and Canterbury and saw a Dr in late September. I had more blood tests and urine sample test, which would require me to be admitted over night. I finally received this test last week after a 19. 5 week wait!

In mid January I received the results of this test, and whilst it had ruled out what the Dr had been testing for it showed that the problem lies with my current anti-convulsive medication, which I have been on for 50 years. I now need to see a neurologist and my GP has done the letter today however the wait for this consultant is 12-18weeks!

Had I been given the test when it was first requested on 4th October I would have possibly still been waiting for an appointment but there would be an end in sight. At the moment I am looking at a possible 12-18 week wait before I actually see someone! Is this really reasonable? Why should I have to wait another possible 6 months before I know for definite what my problem is?

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Response from Sally Smith, Chief Nurse and Director Of Quality, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you so much for taking the trouble to contact us. I am so sorry to hear about two examples of having to wait for a long time. Please email me with your details and I will follow this through with the General Manager of the department you require. Please email me on Sally.smith2@nhs.net. Once again, please accept my apologies.

Best regards


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