One of our members has asked me to put her Petition on here because of her discharge and the growing number of other Patients also being discharged from the Louise Coote Lupus Unit at St Thomas Hospital London.
One of our members was a patient at the Louise Coote Lupus Unit at St Thomas Hospital, London since 2005 and was due to attend there on the 24th September 2013. She recently recieved a letter from the lead Clinician of the Rheumatology Department at St Thomas's, informing her that she had been discharged back into the care of her GP. Many patients have been and will be discharged this year by the lead Clinician who, in his opinion, are deemed STABLE.
The Lupus Unit and the team at St Thomas's have worked hard over twenty plus years, to provde excellent care for many patients from far and wide, and now it has been disbanded. This vital service has been taken away leaving her and many more patients without care, and all done with no discussion and with a weeks notice.
1. We question what is deemed STABLE with the life threatening conditions that we are being treated for - APS and the myriad of other associated autoimmune diseases? We ask why is patients safety being put at risk? Is a Duty of Care being breached?
2. Why has the patients choice been removed at St Thomas's when the present Government promote that all patients must be able to choose where they recieve their care? This clearly is not the case at St Thomas's Rheumatology Department.
Members have written to the Chief Executive of St Thomas but it is felt that more should be done to stop this indiscriminate action and to protect the health of patients whose lives are being put at risk by the unnecessary closure of a unit for solely financial reasons which took twenty years to build up and has been the model for many other hospitals both in the UK and abroad. Other autoimmune conditions are having Centres of Excellence opened up in Hospitals in London and across the UK, not have services cut. Why has Hughes Syndrome (APS) been targeted?
Please sign this petition by commenting below to help STOP Patients safety being put at risk by being discharged with no choice and discussion and before an alternative care plan has been put in pace.