I won't detail my history here as it is very lengthy - see profile. I have had multiple spinal surgeries and pain management procedures and a Thoroscapular Fusion.
I had a Private Pain Management Consultation on 29th August ( to allow more time with doc and reduce pressure on NHS when I can get Simply Health cover for my outpatient consultation. The treatment was due at an independent hospital commissioning to the NHS.
My GP sent a referral on 8/9/14 detailing the 2 procedures the PM doc recommended: Right side SI joint RF Denervation and a 'Racz' catheter Targetted adhesiolysis and epidural injection.
Referral got lost at hospital for 2 weeks
When found, appointment was sent out for an outpatient consultation not the procedures detailed in the clinic letter, which I sent copy of to PM secretary to be absolutely certain of accuracy.
This was finally corrected and an appointment made for the procedures on 26th Nov -.the soonest available date, despite being referred on 8th Sept.
Pre op arranged early to allow possibility of taking a cancellation due to delay AND the very high levels of pain.
At pre op I highlighted the consent form had only the SI joint RF Denervation in it and nurse wrote other procedure on a post it note for amendment.
Arrangements made for lengthy recovery as Doc had advised this was last attempts before referral on for a set of spinal cord stimulators - which I really don't want.
I planned Significant time off from self employed work as a counsellor and some quite vulnerable clients prepared for my time off. Also, payment made for a break on south coast mid Dec to aid recovery. So great investment in time and money ( which I don't have