I had an appointment with my Haematologist today, and he told me that he has had enough of the bad management at our hospital, so he is leaving. He said that no replacement has been organised, so I am feeling very unsure about what will happen with my regular appointments and monitoring. I’m feeling very let down, but I don’t blame him for wanting to leave. Our one and only hospital on this island is in crisis and it is total chaos up there. I recently broke my leg in a fall and it took 4 hours for an ambulance to arrive. After initial treatment I saw an orthopedic consultant the next day and then had to see him again three weeks later when he told me that he wouldn’t do x-rays as he was supposed to, or check me again at six weeks from the injury, but he signed me off and passed me to physio, which I am nowhere near ready for, as my leg and foot is still far too inflamed as I have also had an arthritis flare up in the foot. The physio wanted me to start a few days later, but I have deferred them until the middle of January. The level of care at my hospital is frightening, as they are cutting corners with patients treatment. This is why I am so worried now about what will happen with my cancer treatment.
Thanks so much for sharing this. I hope you’re doing okay?
I am really sorry to hear your consultant is leaving. It’s understandable that you’re feeling let down and also worried about future care. If you wish to talk this through with us, know we are very much here for you at anytime- 0808 2080 888.
We appreciate how difficult capacity is right now in the NHS and the impact this has on the blood cancer community amongst lots of other specialisms. It’s likely your care will be transferred to a different haematology consultant within the same team in preparation of your current consultant leaving. However should you not have confidence in this happening you are within your rights to direct your concerns and questions to your local Integrated Care Board.
Would you be happy to tell me which hospital and region your care is under?
Take Care, Lauran
Oh @Chris1 I can really understand all your feelings and perhaps you have a few more too, I would have.
@LauranBloodCancerUK has given you a really good response and I think it is a really valid question to ask who your care will be under when your Haematologist leaves.
Please do let us know how you get on.
Look after yourself and be kind to yourself, uncertainty feelings are horrible
Thank you @LauranBloodCancerUK and @Erica for your response. It has been a tough few weeks for me and this news has just been the last straw. I seem to be dealing with one struggle after another at the moment. I just wish my luck would change for the better soon.
Hi @Chris1 if you are struggling over the holidays please post on here, we will be about.
I think struggling is exhausting emotionally.
Be kind to yourself
Thanks @Erica . It’s nice to know. Xx