M-I-L went into hospital for a day-surgery operation under general anaesthetic last week. She had been seen by the pre-op team the week before, she was in a gown, the gurney was ready to take her to theatre.
She was examined again, then told the operation was cancelled because she has an irregular heartbeat, and sent home in a taxi.
IN A TAXI.
If she had a medical problem with her heart severe enough to warrant cancelling her operation, why was she not seen and examined and treated - or at least properly explained to - by one of the cardiologists ?
Needless to say, I contacted our fantastic family doctor, who saw her the very next office session and thoroughly examined her, spending a considerable length of time with her and us. No irregular heartbeat was found, and he says he will phone the Consultant himself to find out what on earth was going on.
He did find her blood pressure was significantly elevated, which the hospital didn't find ........so she has medication for that.
Our local hospital does not inspire me with any confidence, I have to say.