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Another one for the sick list.

After feeling breathless for some time Chris visited his doctor. He hummed and haa'd but, as Chris has had no follow ups with a Cardiologist since his heart attack in 2013 he decided to refer him. His comment was "they might well think I am stupid, but I would rather that than miss something".


One angiogram later and Chris is being referred for a cardiac bypass


At first I thought "oh lots of people have these so they are no big deal". Now, having read all the literature, I am not so relaxed. There will be at least a 5 day stay in hospital and then a fairly lengthy (about 12 weeks) recuperation period. He has been referred to Papworth which is about an hour's drive from us. This fills me with dread as, with no licence at the moment, it was a major logistical effort to get Chris to Norwich for his angiogram and then, with both of us unable to drive, get him home again. He was not allowed to leave the ward unaccompanied or to travel home by bus. I assume similar rules will apply, if not more stringent, for discharge after the bypass.


No idea what the waiting list is like for his op. We have three trips booked and paid for in the next 3 months.
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Pat - have been there. Am sending you a PM. If it doesn't reach you (as it isn't showing yet in my sent box), post on this thread please. Jools

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Oh dear pat

It’s always a worry when heart surgery is on the cards

But you are right it is a fairly common operation

The logistics of getting to and from the hospital is a problem though

Have you any friends or family locally that can help you out?

I’m sure there are some members on here that have undergone a by-pass op that could help set your mind at ease

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Great someone has already contacted you

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Sorry to hear that Pat. Best wishes to you both.
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Sorry if Chris's problem is more serious than you thought, but good luck for a good outcome.

Now your licence: I sort of remember your thread but have not time to research. Have they only rescinded your C1, or your whole licence?

If only C1 rescinded do you have a car? If only C1 and you only have the MH, could you quickly down-plate to 3500kg?

As for holidays booked, do you have insurance for cancellation? If not just shrug shoulders and think health is more important. But maybe you can change some tickets to 'Flexible' for less than losing all.

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Sorry to hear this news. Would you perhaps be eligible for assistance with getting to and from hospital? Might be worth looking into. https://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1079.aspx?CategoryID=68


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Sorry to hear that Pat.

I know in some parts of the country there are volunteers who help out with hospital transport. Would it be worth contacting perhaps St. John's Ambulance to see if they know anything?

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Jean - it isn't St john's that does it. Ambulance trusts have volunteer drivers - they usually work under PTS. Jools

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What's PTS Jools?

The volunteers I'm thinking of don't actually drive an ambulance I think it's just their own vehicles.

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