My visits to Christie cannot get any sillier than this
September 25, 2017 1:14pm CST
Today I had an appointment for 12 noon at Christie hospital. The schedule was for blood to be taken at 12 noon and chemotherapy to begin at 3 PM. It is not unusual to encounter delays , but today was totally unexpected. I arrived at the hospital around 11-20 AM, allowing me ample3 time for a coffee. After giving blood I waited in the reception area until just after 4 PM, when I was called upstairs to the treatment room. What happened next was like a scene from a television sitcom. The nurse collated the equipment and then inserted a cannula into the back of my right hand. Next there is a steroid to be inserted, followed by a flush for around 20 minutes. This is the point at which the nurse arranges for my chemotherapy drugs to be sent over. Since the worst part for me was now over I simply have to sit there for several hours until the treatment is finished. However, someone from the drug preparation department came over to say that no such medication had been prepared. For some unknown reason every department knew about my appointment today, except for the drug preparation department. At this point the cannula was removed and I was given a new appointment for 9-30 AM tomorrow. Not only will I have to be up early tomorrow, but I shall also have to have the cannula fitted an extra time. It would not have bothered me if the error was discovered prior to the cannula, but having one inserted in my vein for nothing really depressed me. What a terrible waste of 8 hours.
32 people like this
• United Kingdom
27 Sep 17
@Asylum NO you must so that it does not happen to others. I would not be offended if someone complained to me about it. It should not have happened in the first place. Quite remiss. I do object when people swear and hit you though! That is out of order! You would not believe how some people behave these days. Trust me it is true!
• United States
28 Sep 17
How annoying and having the unnecessary insertion causes discomforted that wasn't required was particularly so. I have been having scheduling issues as well with my husband's procedures. Calling them medical professionals is at times a misnomer!! Not much professionalism going around.
• Manchester, England
28 Sep 17
When I arrived today I was informed that there was no appointment on the system. I checked with the chemotherapy department and finally ended up being treated in Clinical trials department. I should have an appointment for a catscan on 11th October, but that cannot be found either. Now I must simply wait for further news.