"The Chest Clinic (Outpatients) and Asthma"
About: East Surrey Hospital East Surrey Hospital Redhill RH1 5RH
Posted by Quin (as ),
My husband has been seeing the Chest Specialist as an Outpatient for several years. He has severe uncontrollable asthma. Despite being told he could be prescribed Xoliar, (which is covered by NICE guidelines), instead of referring him to a hospital that could help, East Surrey waited a further six months before stating there were 'funding issues' and referred him elsewhere.
East Surrey stated he would be seen within a month at another Hospital, but did not mark the referral as urgent. Hence, he has a three month wait to be seen elsewhere. In the meantime, oral steroids (which are supposed to be taken for 5 days or so) have caused untold problems. He has been diagnosed as having an Addisons Crisis, fainted and cracked his head open and ended up in A&E. He is just on his way to A&E again with a potentially fatal adrenal crisis. I am hoping that the Consultant at East Surrey is on duty tomorrow, but my husband tells me he works one day a week. So I am less than impressed with the East Surrey operative who is choosing to ignore NICE guidelines about the prescribing of life changing medication. They seem to think a visit to A&E once a month is equally cost effective and constitutes 'treatment'