Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Heart patients in discharge mix-up


Cardiology patients in Tameside say they are being discharged without notice or explanation. Several have written to our sister paper, the Tameside Advertiser, upset at being ‘ditched’ by Tameside Hospital, and GPs are said to be equally concerned. The region’s British Medical Association representative, Dr Kailash Chand, said: “These concerns do come to us quite often. I don’t want to put blame on anybody but I think it’s something to do with targets.” One 70-year-old patient who did not want to be named said it had been two years since her first referral. Consultants had been unable to agree the cause of her palpitations and she is currently on various forms of medicaiton. But when she telephoned for her next appointment she was told she had been discharged. Initially told she needed a pacemaker, a second specialist suggested she was suffering from angina. But she has heard nothing since undergoing tests at Manchester Royal Infirmary. She said: “I can have good days and bad days but it’s something that’s always there at the back of my mind. “I’ve got to 70 and that’s a good age but I hope I have a few years left. If they would just tell me point blank if this is as far as they can go it would be better.
“The fact is that they’ve just discharged me without any notification. They could have just written to me and said what’s going on. But I haven’t a clue.”

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No comments about this very important matter. We know that Tameside hospital is one of the worse Hospitals for cleanliness in the whole of the North West.

Liam said...

I haven't commented on this because to be honest, I don't have a clue when it comes to health care and I can understand David Sweeton over the whole Tameside Hospital "Blame it on Shipman" report.

However people do get concerned when they hear that their hospital is being reported as being dirty and not fit for purpose.

Liam said...

Sad really when a post about gay pride attracts nearly 60 comments.

Anonymous said...

Dr Kailash Chand is in the Advertiser more than what Roy Oldham is these days :|

Anonymous said...

Well, to be honest, I have been advertising the gay issue and the blog on yahoo answers.