"Waiting for elective surgery"
About: Royal Perth Hospital / Elective & Emergency Orthopaedic Surgery & Bone Tissue Bank Royal Perth Hospital Elective & Emergency Orthopaedic Surgery & Bone Tissue Bank Perth 6000
Posted by not a priority (as ),
After many, many years of being plagued by back pain, a very long wait for the first appointment after the initial referral and years of attending appointments, I saw a doctor at the Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) Spinal Clinic a few months ago who said they would operate to alleviate my pain.
I was told that the op would come up in three months. I heard nothing more throughout those three months until I started to feel a little concerned about hearing nothing. So I contacted the clinic where I found out that a doctor I'd never even seen had canned the op and what's more they weren't even going to inform me of that decision.
I can't even begin to express how angry and frustrated I feel. All trust in the health system has evaporated. I thought that hospitals were about providing care for patients, but it seems that they are just a massive ego trip for doctors. I feel that I have been totally devalued as a person and just thrown onto the scrap heap.