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RE: [IPk] Your choice of NHS consultant

This is great in theory.

On the recommendation of John at Input I had my GP refer me to Dr. McKnight at
Western General here in Edinburgh. He's supposed to be one of the better Pump
Doc's here in Edinburgh. Unlike the Royal Infirmary where I had the misfortune
of going to first. Thus my quest to find a decent pump doctor.

This went fine, until his secretary called me and told me that since I had
been seen by the useless Royal Infirmary I would have to go back there to be
seen. This began what basically turned out to be a 20 minute long argument
with her. Now I'm in the position of having pissed off the secretary, who may
or may not pass my information on to the doctor, who then may or may not set
up an appointment.

I hope others have better luck with this than I am. (-:Rich

> Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2008 13:20:27 +0100> From: email @ redacted> To:
email @ redacted> Subject: [IPk] Your choice of NHS consultant> >
all> > > The following is copied from the NHS Choices website ->
http://www.nhs.uk/Pages/homepage.aspx> > I have been told by a couple of
people that their GP claims this doesn't> apply to treatment of chronic
conditions such as diabetes. However, the NHS> Choices website appears to
prove them wrong!> > If you need to change your D consultant to get pump
therapy, and your GP is> denying you a choice, take along a print out of the
web page!> > > -quote-> > From this month - April 2008 - there will be a
dramatic expansion of patient> choice in the NHS.> > Surveys have consistently
shown that patients want choice. The 2005 British> Social Attitudes survey
revealed that 65% of patients said they wanted> choice of treatment, 63%
wanted a choice of hospital and 53% welcomed a> choice of appointment time.> >
The introduction of free choice this month means that patients referred to>
see a specialist will themselves be able to choose where they are treated>
from any hospital that meets NHS standards.> > The list includes many private
hospitals as well as all NHS> providers. Between them offer everything from
treatment to your cataracts> to open-heart surgery.> > Under the move to free
choice, if you and your GP decide that you need to> see a specialist, you'll
be able to choose the hospital that best suits your> needs.> > Perhaps you
will want to go somewhere away from home but close to your> family? Perhaps
good parking facilities are vital for you? Waiting lists,> cleanliness,
reputation ... they can all be factored into your thinking. The> point is that
the choice is now yours.> > The Compare
hospitals<http://www.nhs.uk/scorecard/Pages/ScorecardWelcome.aspx>> pages> on
NHS Choices will help you to make your choice. They allow you to select a>
wide range of different hospitals and compare them on the criteria that>
matter most to you.> > In many cases, you'll also be able to see how other
patients rated them. You> can also add your own comments.> > It may not always
be possible for you to choose which hospital you go to. In> the case of
accidents and other emergencies, for example, ambulance crews> may have to
decide for you.> > Also, your GP may take the view that - while not an
emergency -you need to> see a specialist quickly. Here, the GP may have to
advise you.> > Finally, there are two areas of healthcare where the location
in which you> are treated is not subject to free choice - mental health
services and> maternity. However, you are always free to talk to your GP if
you feel the> hospital you are being referred to is not right for you. And
remember, once> you have been seen by the specialist, you can always ask for a
second> opinion.> > Is choice offered for all medical conditions?> > A choice
of hospital is available for most medical conditions. However, If> you need to
be seen quickly, for example, your doctor wants you to see a> cancer
specialist or you have severe chest pain, he will send you where you> will be
seen most quickly.> > If you need to see a mental health specialist or someone
regarding your> pregnancy, you will not be able to choose where you are seen
by a> specialist.> > Not all hospitals treat every medical condition and some
patients may need a> more specialised service.> > -end-> > Hope this helps> >
Lesley> > INPUT> .>
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