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This is why our hospital must not be diminished
9:00am Monday 21st May 2012 in Your Letters
OUR Hospital Service:
* 31 April-11.20am: Patient consults GP. Sent to Stoke Mandeville with letter;
* 12.00: Arrived at Stoke Mandeville and handed over letter. Told must be triaged first;
* 3pm: Triaged;
* 4pm: Given pain-killers by triage staff;
* 5pm: Saw first doctor;
* 5.10: Second doctor; examines. Told to book a scan next day;
* 7pm: Prescription finally received at Stoke Mandeville after which patient starts for home – in pain;
* 1 May 9am: Attended appointment for scan at Stoke Mandeville. Patient asked if they had drunk 1 litre of water.Patient replied they had not been asked to do so before coming to hospital. Water was drunk;
* 10.30am: Scanned after verbal protest at waiting time;
* 12.00: Seen by doctor;
* 12.30pm: Started for home. Future inconclusive.
Fifty miles of car travel were incurred so far.
Two adults plus patient off work for a total of six working days.
I am sure this experience is common. Stoke Mandeville is unable to cope despite some heroic efforts. Wycombe Hospital should not be diminished.
Bernard Wilson, Disraeli Crescent, High Wycombe