Join Date: Apr 2007
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Oh yes, Ray, do have something booked for next year.
Papworth, it seems then , have a really good system. They have (had - it is a whole new hospital now) a wing of the old building set aside to do all the tests in one day.
First was circulation test which involves listening to all the arteries as they pump. Back to waiting room. Called for ECG. Back to waiting room. Call for blood tests, then down to x-ray followed by appointment with anaesthetist. Then comes a chat with the registrar who goes over all the test results with you, revealing in Chris's case that a triple heart bypass was needed rather than the new stent he thought he was getting! The final part of the, exhausting but satisfying day, is a chat with the consultant who commented that he was "one plumber talking to another plumber"!
We were very close to the private facility so we wonder if, what started out as something that private patients were offered, was rolled out to all patients? It makes sense to take all the stress of travelling away from people with heart problems. It must be more efficient for them too as some tests might reveal a problem that can be discussed on the day.