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misdee Tue 05-Apr-05 18:03:06

as some/most of you know peter spent a period of time in a local hospital in dec/jan. they were insistant it was pneumonia and nothing to do with his heart condition even though we told them he had the symptons ofheart failure. it wasnt until the end of jan that he was admitted to cardiology unit at a different hospital; after a GP actually listened to us. his cadrio stated his lungs were clear and that she doesnt feel he had pneumonia.
part of me feels that with treatment in dec then maybe peter wouldnt be as ill now (obviously he would still need a transplant but he may have been a bit more stable). do i put in official conmplaint, if his medical notes confirm what i fear (that he didnt have pneumonia and they didnt consult his cardiologist about this period of illness) then do we have grounds to take things further?

nnosam Tue 05-Apr-05 18:05:44

you could try having a word with your local Citizen Advice and see what they think. if it has made him worse or has coursed a stress to either of you then i would look into doing something about it. you can only try. good luck

misdee Tue 05-Apr-05 18:21:54

will the CAB be able to go through his medical notes with me?

misdee Tue 05-Apr-05 19:32:07

i really feel like the hospital let us down in dec/jan and fobbed us off. if they had listened maybe he would've been referred to harefield earlier and even have had a transplant before now.

Whizzz Tue 05-Apr-05 19:36:49

Could you get some sort of 2nd opinion from a medical person who should be able to give you advice as to whether the wrong diagnosis could have made his condition worse ? You could then have grounds for complaint ?
{hugs} anyway it sounds as though you are all having a tough time

misdee Tue 05-Apr-05 19:38:33

how do i do that and would they charge? money is a bit tight atm due to extra travellig costs.

nnosam Thu 07-Apr-05 12:47:13

if the CAB think that you have a possible case then they should help with getting a 2nd opinion for you.

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