"Inexplicable lack of information"

About: Tameside General Hospital

My husband was admitted to TGH on Boxing Day 2015 with stomach and blood sugar problems. He had a CT scan on 29th December 2015 which revealed he had cancer. He was not told the results of the scan.

Two weeks later on 13 January he was sent to Manchester Royal Infirmary for a biopsy then returned to Tameside. He was not told the results of the biopsy. He was finally discharged on 18 January and told 'see you in clinic in two weeks.' The following day he was so poorly I called our GP who contacted Tameside Hospital himself. 21 days after the CT scan the GP finally broke the news to my husband that he had lymphoma.

My husband had lost three stone in weight and was so weak he could hardly walk. He was breathless, had a nasty cough, and stomach pain. Shocked at his condition the GP immediately put him on a cancer pathway with another hospital.

So much vital time has been lost. I cannot forgive Tameside for telling him nothing. Why? Why? Why? Such third world service is scary and unforgivable.

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Responses

Response from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

On behalf of Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust I would like to extend my sincere apologies. Without having the personal details it is difficult to comment. I would like this to be investigated in more detail.

Please can I request that you contact Pals and Complaints department on 0161 922 4466 or email Palsandcomplaints@tgh.nhs.uk so that we can arrange for someone to meet or discuss with you.

Once again please accept my apologies