Hello, my Mum had radiotherapy recently for a non small cell tumour in her bronchus. Her hospital in Ormskirk/Southport did not want to offer her any treatment despite her being an active 73 year old. After 2.5 months arguing with them I finally paid for her to see a specialist in Christie's who devised a treatment and told her local hospital what to do. Ormskirk/Southport made it clear they resented us getting a second opinion and did not send much information to help the specialist at Christie's. The treatment was intended to be a cure for her tumour and she responded very well. All looked good last year.
Early in January she had a scan which indicated there might be a secondary tumour in her adrenal gland and a small growth in a lymph gland at the top of her lung. Again no treatment was offered and chemotherapy was all but refused. Again we saw a specialist elsewhere by private arrangement and again her local hospital in Southport delayed the referral by over a month. They did not supply all the info the consultant requested and to this date have still not supplied it - nor have we been able to obtain a copy.
The specialist advised chemo and Southport refused to act on his reccomendation, telling me to go out and find another hospital to treat her.
We are now over two months into the six months Southport hospital estimated Mum had to live and still no treatment of any kind.
Mum shows no symptoms of illness and I am convinced she has a fighting chance of longer survival if we could only get her away from her current local health authority. They clearly don't want to use the funds and resources to treat her.
Why is Ormskirk acting this way and what can we do about it?