"you could die waiting to see a consultant"
About: Southend Hospital Southend Hospital Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 0RY
my Doctor referred me to the Pain Management Clinic at Southend NHS in Oct 2014.
I was suffering from Chronic Pain.
I got an appointment 5 months later.
Incredibly after waiting 5 months in terrible pain this was not to be an appointment to see a consultant.
This was an interview with a not over compassionate clinical nurse who was going to have the final say as to whether I was suffering enough to warrent an appointment further down the line with a consultant.
I would call this a vetting process or perhaps more to the point a stalling process.
It makes there records look better when they measure how long it took to see someone at the hospital.
At the Interview i was warned that it may take up to another year to see a consultant.
true to the Nurses word in Dec 2015 i got a letter asking me to ring for an appointment.
so after 15 months i finaly got to the point where i was ready to book an appointment.
if your in terrible pain for this long with no support and no one proffesional to turn too i really do think it is a dangerous situation.
I personally had to use my savings to see a pain consultant privately because i couldnt wait that long.
I reckon it would of been 18 months before actually getting any kind of procedure done, that is just not acceptable.