"Unacceptable waiting times at Beatson "
About: Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Glasgow G12 0YN
Posted by scotland99 (as ),
My mother attended the Beatson last year for a two week course of Radiotherapy treatment. Her appointments would vary, sometimes her appointment would be at 9am and other times it would be at 11am. However, what did not vary was the time she had to wait to be taken. Her appointment to get the treatment should only take 10 minutes and therefore if her appointment was at 9am we should be out the door at 9.10am. However, we were often still sitting in the waiting room for over 2 hours waiting to be called.
My mother was terminally ill with cancer and every moment she spent waiting was wasted time, when she could have been savouring the precious time she had left. When she had to wait for over two hours she would be exhausted by the time we got home and unable to do anything else for the rest of the day. We lived 90 minutes away so the trip to get to the Beatson was a three hour round trip. Why are people having to wait so long to be called for their appointment? Does the Board consider this to be an acceptable wait?
The matter of long waits to be seen at the Beatson was raised by Nicola Sturgeon MSP at the Boards 2010 annual review. Things have obviously not changed.