I have just come home from a week's superb treatment in the QE Bham and am having the services of the recovery at home team who are coming in three times each day to continue my IVs for the next nine days. MARVELLOUS
Ihave bronchiectasis and was walking around with pleurisy and pneumonia for two months before somebody recognised it. it resulted in a huge lake of pus between the outside of my right lung and chest wall.
HERE COMES THE WORRYING AND INFURIATING PART.
I have been a patient of the respiratory team at the General Hospital and then the QE since 1982. only that team know my complex conditions and I have known most of them since they were juniors, including my marvellous consultant.
When it came to needing admission ASAP I was told that because I live in Warwickshire I had to be taken to warwick hospital. They do not know me, would not know what to do with me and the last time I went there with an unrelated condition they xrayd me and tried to give me IV gentamycin, an old fashioned and viscious antibiotic for my chest!
In order to get me in my GP and consultant had to agree that I go into the QE through A&E. I got lost in the system and it took me two days of stress to get on to the respiratory ward. I have now been told that if the fluid in my lung returns I will have to get myself into the hospital through A&E again. Apparantly the Medical Director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham has decreed that if a patient has what he/she designates as a normal condition lives outside Birmingham they have to go to their local hospital. No allowance being made for the fact that I have been a QE patient for 33 years.
Surely this Medical Director is going against national policy and breaking the law.
if I had not had the treatment when I did I could have died of septicaemia, thanks to the intransigence of an idiot in authority.
Does anyone have more knowledge of national policy on the choice of hospital admission and where I should start to call the Medical Director of the QE Birmingham to book.