Monday, November 28, 2022

Cancer survivor has to wait more than two and a half years for a hospital appointment

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Andrew Jones was successfully treated for cancer five years ago and says his NHS Treatments and staff were then “brilliant”.

But the surgery has left him with minor nerve damage to his bladder, meaning he has to go to the bathroom more than usual.

When the problem didn’t improve, he went to his GP, who said they would get him an appointment to see a specialist.

Soon after, Andrew received a letter inviting him to an appointment at the Princess Royal Hospital in London Telford.

But it was not for this year, nor for the next, or even for the following year – but for 2025.

He glanced at the letter and thought it was for 2023, but on closer inspection he saw what it actually said.

“I thought I’d be 64,” he said.

“Ok, I didn’t think I had a life threatening problem, but I don’t know.

“I don’t know what the problem is, so it could be twice as bad in 2025.”

Andrew says he understands the pressure on the NHS but was “absolutely flabbergasted”.

The hospital says it is facing a backlog covid and a shortage of urology staff.

Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust Acting Chief Operating Officer Sara Biffen said: “We would like to apologize for waiting for a urology appointment as the service faces a backlog following Covid-19 and shortage of specialist staff.

“We are working with partners to reduce wait times, including actively recruiting more urologists and nurses.

“We continue to prioritize patients with the greatest clinical need, including cancer treatment, and regularly review the waiting list.

“Working with partners, we are looking at other providers who may be able to offer earlier appointments and we will continue to update and support patients.”

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