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RichardRichard Posts: 1

My understanding was that the National Health Service was a care provider for all who pay their National Insurance. I have been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, which at the moment is operable. Unfortunately my operation has been postponed indefinitely due to the Covid 19 situation. Although I fully understand the severity of the pandemic and realise that the way hospitals work needs to change, I do not understand why people who need life saving treatments are ‘put on hold’ ?? I’m sure my case is one of many and I’m sure you can appreciate my upset and frustration.

I have not been told when the situation will be reviewed. I understand there Is a priority list in place, but have not been given any details of this. Why do the NHS not filter some operations through the private hospitals. I feel I have been completely disregarded and potentially left to die.


  • RozaliaRozalia Posts: 8


    I sympathise with you Richard and it must be very scary.

    I was on the daystay ward waiting for my mastectomy when i was sent home. They felt there was a risk that I might need more than a day stay and were only keeping cases that they could be 100% sure of discharging.

    I was given to understand that being in hospital with covid19 patients was especially risky for those with low imune systems and after an operation. The use of the private sector not being used for covid19 patients would get rid of this.

  • LizzyB73LizzyB73 Posts: 112 Oncology Specialist Nurse

    Hi @Richard

    I can completely understand and hear your frustration

    Private hospitals are being used for cancer surgery across the country but of course the types of surgery that some private hospitals can manage is different to others. Some do not have access to intensive care beds which are sometimes needed following more extensive surgery.

    I am also sorry that you have not been given any idea of timescale as to when this is being reviewed for you. Would it be worth you making contact with one of the colorectal nurse specialists at the hospital you are being treated at so they can support you at this time?

    I am sorry I do not have a magic answer to this dilemma that the NHS is facing right now but I do hope that you get some answers soon.

    best wishes

    Liz 🌻

    Liz Bradley
    Oncology Specialist Nurse | Oncology Service Manager @ Springfield Hospital
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