Im sure someone here will be able to advise me on this NHS mess.
At the beginning of October while on holiday I began to experience an irregular heartbeat with a high pulse rate and the day I returned I contacted My GP by telephone described my symptoms and was given the options of A&E or an appointment with him next day. Of course I now know I should have gone straight to A&E but in October I had never heard of AF and at 67 apart from a bout several years ago with Prostate cancer I am fit and healthy . Next day following an ECG at the surgery I was advised to go to A&E and take an overnight bag as I had AF.
At A&E I was again diagnosed with AF and a pulse rate of 160ish and admitted under the care of a rheumatologist specialist.I'm sure someone reading this now has an idea of where this long post is going.This very nice gentleman arranged for blood tests .blood thinners followed by warfarin ,beta blockers etc and tried to arrange a quick echocardiogram .He did everything quickly ,efficiently and kindly .No problems so far .blood tests showed a slightly hyper active thyroid a possible cause of AF so he arranged an appointment with an endocrinologist who prescribed a relatively high dosage carbimazole . After a few days I was discharged heart rate undercontrol although still irregular and advised by the warfarin Pharmacist to contact my GP. Appointment made for local warfarin clinic etc
An appointment for echo cardio soon arrived around five weeks after discharge but when I had this I was informed in a rather puzzled way that the results were being sent back to the rheumatology department not the cardiac department and perhaps I should discuss this with my GP. Seven weeks in now .I had started to gain weight rapidly so arranged for a thyroid test to find I was now hypo .No test had been arranged by anyone and I was becoming concerned that communication between hospital and GP had broken down .So I asked GP about Cardiac Consultant and he confirmed he would enquire .A few days later in the warfarin clinic the pharmacologist asked about the cardiac appointment when I said nothing yet she checked my records and said nothing on file and suggested I contact my GP again. Which I duly did this morning He informed me that he had spoken to the rheumatologist's secretary and she had advised him to contact cardiac department as it would be quicker and he refused saying she should have done it .He further suggested I contact her in a few days to make sure she has as the ball is now in her court. Now I accept these things happen but my concern is if I contact the hospital and they refer me back to the GP I need to know how to get someone to accept the responsibility for getting me a cardiac appointment and my question after all this history is who do I complain to if they continue to play handball with my health
sorry for the long post