"Angry about my son's care at Basildon"

About: Basildon University Hospital / Urology

(as a parent/guardian),

Basildon Hospital mis-diagnosed my 3 year old son with "stomach migraines" only to find out when he was 20, after hospitalisation after a really bad attack, that he actually had a blockage between his kidney and his bladder.

He had endured 17 years of vomiting, extreme pain, missed school and the worry that he could get an attack at any time.

However not one to hold a grudge we were pleased that in fact the blockage could be removed by laser treatment and he would be cured. We did not want him discharged from hospital until the problem was sorted but were promised that my son would see his consultant within 4 weeks. His first appointment was subsequently cancelled, then his second and his final appointment (although not yet cancelled) was actually 4 months later.

My son was told to carry on with his life as normal. However after a trauma to his side his kidney ruptured and had to have emergency surgery. Fortunately he was taken to Colchester Hospital who actually seem to have their act in gear but the fact remains that my son is suffering while the rupture repairs and he will then still have the original blockage.

I am extremely angry with Basildon Hospital and have written a letter of complaint but in reality don't expect much back from them.

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