I have been in and out of hospital at least 6 times last year with heart pain and heavy palpitations and had been told that all tests where negative.
Fortunately I was due for a review from a past admission which culmulated in an angiogram . The results from this indicated a possible blockage, but this would need to be confirmed by the cardiologist concerned This Came as a letter advising I had been put on a waiting list for another angiogram to determine a pressure test but the waiting list was no short.
I planned a holiday for January 2019 some months earlier so we flew to Madeira as planned . Within two days I had a real serious angina attack resulting me being rushed to the city hospital who were already under immense stress due to the serious cases of influenza that was rampant . Despite this they hospitalised me immediatly and undertook an angiogram the following morning to find a major artery was blocked and they fitted a stent to resolve the problem
Why am I unhappy . Well two years earlier the same thing happened and again with all the signs of a major issue with my heart I was put on a waiting list and it just so happened we were travelling to Madeira and yes you guessed it I was rushed to hospital towards the end of our holiday to the same hospital same surgeon who undertook an immediate angiogram and fitted two stents
Why is it this little island with low resources are able to instigate immediate action when the Uk seem paralysed in taking action when you really need it ? I don’t understand it anymore and could well have cost me my life.
Is this really acceptable in 2018/19?
I am sorry my posting has caused so much issue between members I can only base my experience from the events over the last two years Whilst I appreciate that many people do cherish what care they have experienced, this has not been my situation .
it’s not the fact that this has been an isolated incident either this is based on events over a two year period at different times months and taken by ambulance to my local emergency treatment centre on many occasions The ambulance teams have been first class and have always given me considerable support and comfort so no issues there, but it is what happens after that is concerning .
My last visit was by ambulance and the normal checks are done via ECG and blood tests which is fine . it’s also known that the results of these blood tests take two hours , which is also fine . But to be told in my case you need to wait a further 8.5 house maybe 12 hours sitting on a plastic chair, when the results are already known as being Ok to see a doctor isn’t . At that point I was tired and exhausted and signed myself out there and then and made my way home by taxi well after midnight.
What I don’t agree with in this example is that despite the poor aftercare AND that it was already established that the blood tests were clear , I was expected to wait a further 8 hours or more to get this information which was wrong anyway as a later angiogram showed there was an issue and now in a January zi have had a stent fitted and confirmation of other coronary heart disease ... so who is at fault here me for keep going to A&E for at least 6 times in 2018 or the the hospital in not taking taking the issues seriously given the fact I had two stents fitted two years earlier to which they already missed the opportunity to do something then . what really annoyed me was a letter from a cardiologist suggesting the problem was my fault for not attending an appointment when in fact I was unable to do so as I was in hospital in Madeira having the heart surgery and stents fitted ... I do in this instance feel justified in raising my concerns despite the many postings that suggest otherwise . If you have had great care then ai am very pleased for you . But for me over a two year period it did not happen at all and this is why this posting was made and for no other reason .....
Thank you to all who have posted (for or against) Could I just add all I wanted to show in my posting was MY experience I didn’t think I implied any debate only to allow me air my concern that I felt in my instance I was left a lot short as far as support and care Not to worry , and no offence taken , but I will take care in future when posting regards to everyone