I’m feeling a bit miffed, I have been discharged from my hospital but I never had the 3 month post ablation check up as indicated originally. My atrial flutter has returned with avengance much worse than ever and now have to go back to my GP to start a new referral process which if like the first time will take months. I am now in A Fl almost constantly since last month whereas the mild symptoms I had before ablation never lasted longer than 2 days. Feeling concerned and exhausted. Is it normal these days to be discharged 4 months after ablation without a follow up!
No post ablation follow up consultation - AF Association
You are right to feel angry. You seem to be a victim of NHS administrative bureaucracy which puts protocol ahead of priority.
The key players are the arrhythmia nurse, your EP’s personal secretary and your GP, the last of these can pick up the phone and ring the consultant. Consultants always respond to GPs particularly if they do private practice.
If all else fails, go to casualty when you are in flutter, and insist on seeing the cardiology registrar. Be prepared in case they want to cardiovert you, which means nil by mouth for 6 hours. Your anticoagulant control is OK hopefully?
I had a flutter ablation last October and although I didn’t see EP, I had a follow up telephone appointment at 3 months with arrhythmia nurse to make sure all was ok, if it hadn’t an appointment would have been made with EP. Was discharged but told I could contact arrhythmia nurse any time by phone or email. Doesn’t sound right to me, I’d be angry too.
Yes, I have just discovered that they don’t have follow up appts. For Flutter, just the phone call during which I said everything was fine. A week later the situation changed and I am back in flutter and have been for nearly 3 weeks now. They will sort it out no doubt. I panicked and jumped to conclusions which is one of my failings!