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    Old 01-27-2019, 04:33 AM   #1
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    Waiting time for treatment

    My husband was admitted to hospital two weeks ago after scan results showed a soft tissue mass on his thigh and a broken hip. He has since had other scans and x-rays, but no treatment. His thigh has doubled in size and he is in terrible pain. He is given oramorph every two hours, but he is still in pain. He has now been told they want to take a biopsy but the earliest time they can do it is Wednesday. This means he will have been in hospital having no treatment and in constant pain for three weeks before they treat him. Is this normal?

     
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    Old 01-27-2019, 03:15 PM   #2
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    Re: Waiting time for treatment

    Have they given you any reason when you ask?? What about the broken hip? Have they repaired it? Maybe that impacted the other issue? Or vice versa?

     
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    Old 01-27-2019, 03:22 PM   #3
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    No. no treatment. Hip still broken - they believe the tumour has done this. No treatment bar morphine, which does not help the stabbing pains. They told me nearly two weeks ago that they would not do a biopsy until he was transferred to a specialist hospital, and now they want a biopsy. Meantime his thigh is massive and the pressure is agony. How can that let this happen???????

     
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    Old 01-27-2019, 06:32 PM   #4
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    Re: Waiting time for treatment

    Since I'm in the US our health care system is different and you could just change doctors. I guess I'd ask to talk to an administrator or patient advocate.

     
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    Old 01-28-2019, 10:24 AM   #5
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    Re: Waiting time for treatment

    Dear nannoo,

    Don't you as wife have any recourse or isn't there a process for patient advocacy there in the UK?

    Is there no one you can talk to on behalf of your husband?

    i'm sorry you are going through this!

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    Old 02-01-2019, 03:41 AM   #6
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    I have spoken to everyone I can think of, from the consultant to his immunology team, to the Patient Liaison Service, to our GP .....no-one can speed things up.

     
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    Old 02-01-2019, 04:50 AM   #7
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    Re: Waiting time for treatment

    What do they say about the reason? Maybe there is something we don;t know about your health system since we are all in the US????

     
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    Old 02-01-2019, 05:44 AM   #8
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    Re: Waiting time for treatment

    The UK health service is underfunded, understaffed and totally stretched. We have a private insurance policy, but it means nothing here - you just have to join the queue.

    - my husband's scans showed a soft tissue mass on 9th January. It is now 1st February and he has had no "treatment" - scans, blood test, and a biopsy on Wednesday. Should it have taken this long??????

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