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Does anyone know what is the timeframe that the NHS must reschedule a cancelled operation?

My lap was cancelled at the last minute on 13th Nov through no fault of my own. I was told by nurses, my GP and the hospital appointment section that I have to be taken as a priority and they have to get me back in very quickly.

However, the Dec dates are now out and I'm not scheduled??

Is the a specific max timeframe that they must get you back in by? I have lodged an official complaint now as I was told I would be back in within a couple of weeks and this will obviously not be the case. Has this happened to anyone else?

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At our trust we try to reschedule within 28 days.



My lap got cancelled on the 11th February. Once the offices opened that same day I phoned up and got a cancellation for the 28th Feb! It is so frustrating as you get yourself mentally prepared! I will keep my fingers crossed for you to be seen soon xxx

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Yes it was a big shock especially when I was just about to put my gown on and be taken down. I can't seem to get any straight answers on this from the appointments line it's all very frustrating. It's a big set back for me at this stage as I am up for IVF next and this has delayed me further. Hopefully I get some answers next week to keep me sane!


I realise it's 3yrs since this post but can you let me know how soon they did re arrange your operation? I have a 12cm Endometrioma and extensive Endo. Just been cancelled. Was listed for operation in October. So upset. Did you find out the timeframe in which they're supposed to reschedule? Not sure what to do next. Doc has asked to see me the day before my op was due to take place next week. Also waiting to investigate fertility further but need this all out of the way. So upset xx


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