Received a phone call today to say they were cancelling my surgery that was scheduled for Tuesday due to coronavirus. I totally understand the need to do this and I definitely won't be the only one in this situation but I can't help but feel devastated and I've cried all afternoon. I feel almost selfish to be this upset when all this is going on and people are getting really really sick but I got so close to getting an answer and maybe some relief and it's like the rug's been swept from under my feet.
Presumably this outbreak is going to continue to pressure the NHS for a while so it might be some time before they are able to reschedule. My worry is that I'm a student in final year in Edinburgh and the lease on my flat runs out 31st May and I'll have to move back home to Newcastle with my parents for financial reasons. With all this happening I'm thinking it's likely I won't get the surgery before the end of May as the outbreak continues. I'm terrified that this will mean I have to have the op in Newcastle instead and I'll be plonked right at the bottom of their waiting list and the whole thing will have to start again. I was first referred for this surgery in May last year and have had pain every day since November 2018 and I'm getting desperate.
I had asked the secretary a few months ago what would happen if I moved and she said it would probably mean having to have it in Newcastle instead. I'm absolutely fine with waiting longer for the op while the NHS copes with the virus but I couldn't stand starting all this over again.
I don't know if anyone has been in a similar situation or has any idea what might happen or what I could do? Do you think they'd let me keep my place on the Edinburgh list?