"how long is ' urgent ' is when awaiting treatment on the NHS"
About: Golden Jubilee National Hospital / Cardiac Surgery Golden Jubilee National Hospital Cardiac Surgery G81 4HX Raigmore Hospital Raigmore Hospital Inverness IV2 3UJ Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General / Cardiology Western Infirmary/Gartnavel General Cardiology G11 6NT
Posted by frustrated and depressed (as ),
My husband took ill early last year, and was admitted to the local hospital. Initially he was treated for gastroenteritis although no bacteria etc was detected.
A doctor on day 2 diagnosed Hypoxia and told us they thought the main problem was in the lungs. It was also noted that my husband had had 2 minor strokes. Unfortunately although we saw approximately 13 doctors over the next 5 days we did not see this particular doctor again.
My husband was discharged after 5 days but readmitted 10 days later and has since been re-admitted to Raigmore on several occasions, the last time to Triage where he was told he needed a pacemaker, however he was then sent home the next day - no pacemaker.
He was then referred to Golden Jubilee and then Gartnavel Hospital in Glasgow where he was told that along with a benign lung condition he also had a heart condition requiring a pacemaker which could be easily fitted at the local hospital. He was discharged from Glasgow 4 weeks ago and told his notes would be marked urgent for attention of the local hospital.
Today we have received a letter from the local hospital asking him to attend Out-Patients in 9 days time. (This will be a consultation not an appointment to carry out any necessary treatment). My husband is now utterly depressed and cannot see a solution unless he goes private. Is someone able to advise us on if we pay privately, would urgent in the private sector be less than 5 weeks?