Hi all. Hope everyone is keeping well.
So for anyone who has read my posts in the past (or remembers them) you will be familiar with my Mum. I am the worried daughter who didn't have anywhere to turn when my Mum was diagnosed with COPD back in March. She fell into a state of depression and was put on antidepressants. These did her the world of good and she has come to terms with her condition, she is doing so well. She is probably reading this now "Hello Mum" anyway I have also posted a few more times regarding her inhalers and some antibiotics she was given recently for a second chest infection in the space of 3 months!
To cut a long story short I needed to rant. She was referred to the hospital back in March when she was diagnosed....she heard nothing. The doctor referred her again....she heard nothing. A third letter was sent in August as apparently they had lost the other two. I got onto PALS they said they would pass on my detail to the relevant person.....they never got back to me. She finally got her appointment on the 12th December, 4 months after the third referal and 9 months from the initial referal back in March. During this time her health hasn't been great. Two chest infections and today the doctor told her she has Pseudomonas and that the consultant will be able to give her the appropriate treatment when she sees him next week.
Mum gets home from the doctors to find a letter from the hospital cancelling her appointment next week and her new appointment will be on the 6th February 2015!!!!!!!!!!! Nearly a year after her first referal. Well surprise surprise, no one is answering their phone at the hospital and the one lady who my Mum did manage to speak to wasn't much help stating they just do the admin. she has passed on her details to the manager and she will phone tomorrow (we shall see)
I phoned the BLF helpline today for the first time. What a lovely lady I spoke to. She gave me advice and couldn't believe the way my Mum has been treated.
What way do we turn if nothing is done?
Anyway rant over. Keep warm everyone and thank you for bearing with me.