After 3 months of waiting for my Pulmonary Rehabilitation referral, I have just received this letter:
We have received a referral asking for you to be considered for the Pulmonary Rehabilitation programme. This is a programme which aims to help you with your breathing, reducing your breathlessness and helping you to walk further and is run in different locations across the borough.
Unfortunately we have had to temporarily close the service due to staffing problems. The programme will be up and running again in February 2013 and so we will be in touch with you as soon as we are able to after that date. There will unfortunately be a list of people waiting to join the programme so it may take us a while to contact you with an appointment.
We apologise profusely for the delay and look forward to being in contact with you in 2013.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Team
I am absolutely appalled by this letter , this would mean I have had to wait 8-9 months for this referral - and that's only if they got touch in February, which is very doubtful after reading the content.
I can only assume this is because of budget restrictions, and somebody's opinion that PR is the soft option for culling, as COPD patients don't really matter all that much.
Or am I being too pessemistic, and Father Christmas and the Easter Bunny really do exist !!!
Please somebody tell me I'm not going mad, and that this letter really is a joke !!!
Take care everyone