Important message from Dr Greenslade, Bristol

Hello Everyone

We have been asked to post a message on here from Mr Greenslade which I know some of you have received care from. The message below which I have posted in bold is what we have been asked to post

' Just to say that the NHS managers want me to concentrate on the local waiting list, rather than offer a tertiary service, so all out of area pain referrals will now be returned with a request for patients to be treated locally or sent to UCLH.

I shall continue to see private patients, but the NHS managers are quite clear that we should concentrate on the general pain clinic waiting list, which is getting too big.'

As I am sure you can gather this isn't a situation that any specialist wants to find themselves in but unfortunately it is a decision that is out of his control. This would in effect mean that patients who now decide to see Dr Greenslade would have to fund all of their consultations and treatment privately either through insurance or money they may have saved up. If the situation changes at any point Dr Greenslade will ask us to put another post on here. But in the meantime if anyone has any questions please feel free to ask and we will do what we can to help

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  • Hi Alaine

    This is hugely disappointing and it would not surprise me if lots of people start posting on here about this as UCLH services are appalling especially the Head of the Services with his abrupt manner. I saw Dr Greenslade privately 2 years ago and he sent a letter to my GP as I am a complex case and he said he would be happy to see me on the NHS due to me not being able to afford private care and because my case is complex and needs Colorectal surgery as well as pain management of the nerves, but my GP's have been messing around so much and have still not got my referral done and now it seems I will not be able to see him. I saw him with MR Dixon who advised Surgery. I am wondering if I can still see Mr Dixon on the NHS.

    Where do the NHS want us patients to go to if there are no specialist centre's around???

    Local hospitals have not come across half of the issues and lack the experience that the Bristol have. Please can you advise what we can do as patients. Can we all come together and write to this Trust??

  • Hi Angela,

    I completely understand your frustration! I myself had a very disappointing consultation with the pain team myself at UCLH so I can fully sympathise. Fortunately I am under the pain team at Barts hospital as I'm seen at the Royal London Hospital endometriosis centre which looks after me for endometriosis, adenomyosis and painful bladder syndrome. I was also seeing the urology team at Barts but have had to be referred on to UCLH - again very frustrating! But I'm hopeful I can deal with the urology team, but I'm very pleased with the care provided by the pain team at Barts Hospital. It is something that as a charity we have heard before about UCLH and it is a frequent topic of conversation between myself and Judy. It is a decision that was made at the trust level and isn't something that Dr Greenslade wanted to do as he is passionate about helping patients. It maybe a funding issue and also the waiting list times of those living in the local area. It's unlikely any letters from patients will have any effect on this decision at this stage but should it be needed I will let you know. I'm hopeful that this maybe a short term plan rather than a plan that is here for the long term. We will be kept up to date with any plans to reinstate this service and I will post here any information both good and bad when I receive it. I'm sorry I can't post anything more than this or more positive. Which area of the country are you in? Do you live in London or the surrounding area?

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