Sandford Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England, GL53 7AN
My daughter was sent by GP on1st March to Ambulatory Care with a suspected clot on the lungs. On that day blood tests, ECG and X-rays were done. Was told that all seemed ok but to come back on the Monday for a CT if she "wanted". On the Monday CT was done and waited for results. Doctor told her she had a clean bill of health and could go back to work straight away. Still feeling very unwell another appointment was made with GP. GP had results back and she said my daughter was very anemic and had a B12 deficiency. Although having a low thyroid problem her levels were not checked. She may not have had a clot on the lungs ( Thank goodness) but surely hospital doctor should have checked blood results and advised seeing GP instead of sending her back to work!
I had to go to A&E yesterday 23 Oct. The whole experience was very positive: friendly, attentive and genuinely interested staff; a very professional attitude; and I was given very good treatment and aftercare advice. It’s a tough job and it must be relentless. I was having a good chat with one of the nurses in the fracture clinic and she was telling me how emotionally draining it can be for all the staff. It must be and I have nothing but pure admiration for all the staff, reception, cleaners, nurses, doctors.... good people who all want to do of their very best. Thank you to them.
Never had a problem until this time
I am really unhappy with the way my appointment went yesterday. This was our 12 week scan for our first baby and instead of being a special occasion, it was anything but. I arrived 15 minutes early, checked in at reception and was then kept waiting for 40 minutes after my appointment was due. In considerable need of the bathroom 15 minutes after my appointed time, I asked how long it would be, I was told not long and that they were running a bit late. 40 minutes after the allotted time, now in tears of agony with my full bladder (which I emptied a little on and off as instructed, but not too much so as to be able to image the baby properly) I sent my husband to the desk to find out what was going on - we had been forgotten! I was furious and in so much pain. We eventually went in for the scan, the staff were clearly flustered because of the state I was in. They started and stopped the scan 3 times to make me go and empty my bladder, as it was too full to do the scan properly and now very hard to empty as it was almost too full. It was not great having our first glimpses of the baby being on and off. We did get to see the baby move, but were not given an estimated due date, and the whole thing felt rushed and stressful. We were not asked to pay for the photos, which was kind, but once out of the scanning room, we were again forgotten when waiting for blood test! This is not acceptable and I do not feel meets the standards I expect from the NHS at all. I would like to be contacted about this, as we received a small apology from the scanning staff, but nothing else. I would like an explanation as to how this can happen as I really don't want it to happen again. I was hoping to feel reassured and relaxed after the scan, and I don't.