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  • JohnR, Chippenham
    started a topic Should I go?

    Should I go?

    Following chemo and then major surgery 12 months ago I have a 12 month follow-up consultation in the hospital next week. As far as I am aware the only after effects I have are those that are "par for the course" and not severe at that.

    I am minded to cancel the appointment as I would rather not sit in a crowded waiting room with those who may, unknowingly, have been in contact with someone infected with the virus. I feel am not not in desperate need to see the consultant who almost certainly has more urgent cases to deal with however I do not want to fall out of the system and no longer get follow-up consultations.

    What to do?

  • ilovesunshine, east yorks
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    I have just found out that my follow up appointment is cancelled too. When you do finally go i would have a squirt of first defence up your nose. It may give you some protection. It has always worked for is on flights.

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  • JohnR, Chippenham
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    Thanks to all for your advice. The decision has been made for me. I have just had a call from the Nurse Specialist to tell me the clinic is postponed.

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  • cymrucruiser
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    I would definitely ring and seek advice before making a decision.
    My mother in law had an non essential hospital appointment today she was going to. We suggested she call st 9am and ask their advice; they told her not to go.

    Ive cancelled our dentist for next week. It’s a check up and not essential. I told the receptionist I’d rather them have free appointments for those needing urgent treatment. She was grateful and has rebooked us for October.

    I also cancelled my husband’s opticians appointment. Again just a check up and not essential at the moment. I had a good chuckle with the receptionist who said it was all she’s taken calls for all morning.

    I think we have to weigh up the importance and if in doubt pass it to the experts to decide. X

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  • cornish girl, falmouth
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    My OH is waiting further treatment for liver cancer [2 more tumours have appeared] the chemo is no longer holding it back ] however he has now received an appointment for a scan in 2weeks as they are trialling something new, so yes keep the appointment you have to be sure. Fortunately the scanner where my OH has to go is not in the main hospital but in a cabin in the hospital grounds, so we can drive there and avoid the crowds.

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  • Cooke, Ashby
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    Keep the appointment. If you don’t and you need follow up things could get nasty. I have blood tests tomorrow before chemo on Thursday and I’ll be sitting in a crowded waiting room. What’s the alternative?

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  • annie, Glasgow
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
    Following chemo and then major surgery 12 months ago I have a 12 month follow-up consultation in the hospital next week. As far as I am aware the only after effects I have are those that are "par for the course" and not severe at that.

    I am minded to cancel the appointment as I would rather not sit in a crowded waiting room with those who may, unknowingly, have been in contact with someone infected with the virus. I feel am not not in desperate need to see the consultant who almost certainly has more urgent cases to deal with however I do not want to fall out of the system and no longer get follow-up consultations.

    What to do?
    I would not cancel without speaking to the consultant's team first. You could end up at the back of the queue.

    Be guided by them and speak to them today so if alternative arrangements are made, your original appointment can be offered to someone else.

    Annie

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  • Delboy, Essex
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    On my last.visit to the doctors was told to visit the nurse in 2 weeks to have my blood pressure taken.

    I decided to avoid the surgery as I have the facility to take my own at home.

    Next week I have an an appointment at our local hospital to see the Specialist, a follow up to a recent Echocardiogram, will still go as planned, as I can go direct to the cardiology unit away from the Main part of the hospital, on my last visit I was the only visitor.

    I am visiting surgery today to hand in mine and my wife’s repeat prescriptions, thankfully the box for this is in the entrance lobby and the door has a large touch button operated via my elbow.

    This is after having visited our sons to feed and let their two Alsatian dogs out for their daily run in the garden,

    All transport will be via the car.

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  • lucy, sutton
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    I would suggest you ring and ask advice. The appointment may be possible by telephone, depending on what type of follow up is needed. The appointment may involve follow up tests which are needed after consultation and examination. If you have received chemotherapy in the past, you cannot be too careful to make sure you are being monitored as follow up.

    If you have to attend the hospital, I would wait in the car or outside until your actual appointment time, sit well away from everyone. If you are unable to sit away from everyone because there are a lot of people, tell the nurse that you are going to wait in a less crowded area and ask them to ring your mobile when your call for the appointment is imminent. This will limit the time in the hospital waiting room.

    However, only the hospital consultant or doctor can advise whether this appointment is important to keep. Just because you feel well now, does not mean to say that a follow up appointment is not necessary in order to keep you feeling well.

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  • Haworth, Wokingham
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    Hi John

    You could contact the consultants secretary, the number should be on your letters from them and request a telephone appointment, they will snatch your hand off

    John

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  • Mrs M
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    Originally posted by JohnR, Chippenham View Post
    Following chemo and then major surgery 12 months ago I have a 12 month follow-up consultation in the hospital next week. As far as I am aware the only after effects I have are those that are "par for the course" and not severe at that.

    I am minded to cancel the appointment as I would rather not sit in a crowded waiting room with those who may, unknowingly, have been in contact with someone infected with the virus. I feel am not not in desperate need to see the consultant who almost certainly has more urgent cases to deal with however I do not want to fall out of the system and no longer get follow-up consultations.

    What to do?
    Keep it. Little critturs of rogue cells can be very quiet and unassuming. Let the hospital decide if you're well.

    Vaseline up your nose and don't touch your face!!

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