Residing with the nervousness of dropping one’s sight for need of an appointment for an injection

SIR – I’ve a visible impairment – macular degeneration – for which I ought to have injections at six-weekly intervals to guard my remaining sight. It’s turning into more and more troublesome to get these appointments.

In July, on the BBC’s Wales Dwell, an ophthalmic advisor mentioned that until extra workers had been recruited, “folks in Wales would go needlessly blind”. In June, I wrote to my Senedd member. He wrote to our native well being board asking for an pressing investigation into the dearth of well timed appointments. He’s nonetheless awaiting a response.

It’s almost 10 weeks since my final injection. Following my most up-to-date grievance, two weeks in the past, I used to be informed it may very well be an additional two to 4 weeks earlier than an appointment was obtainable.

My grievance elicited a response from the well being board, which accepted the “everlasting influence on folks’s sight” and the impact that stress may have on sufferers’ normal well being.

Despite this, there isn’t a signal thus far of an appointment, so I’m going to mattress every evening questioning whether or not my sight can have deteriorated in a single day.

Pam Perceval-Maxwell
Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire


SIR – An aged buddy made an appointment to see his GP. The wait was three weeks. On the day of the appointment he was informed by textual content that it was cancelled, because the GP felt unwell.

As an alternative of being given a brand new appointment, he was informed to get on the web site and reapply for one, for which he might need to attend three weeks.

There’s something so unsuitable with the system. Are we there to serve the NHS or is it there to serve us?

Dr Mervyn Druian
London NW3


SIR – Final week, I fell over and suffered gashes on the again of my hand.

Recognising that this would want stitches, I believed I’d not hassle A&E at my hospital and went to an NHS pressing care centre. On analyzing my wounds, they refused to cope with them and directed me to A&E.

I spent six-and-a-half hours there and was finally given glorious remedy and stitches. They had been puzzled as to why I had not been handled on the pressing care centre.

If that is occurring nationally, one wonders how a lot use these drop-in centres are. No marvel A&E centres are overwhelmed.

David Wallin
Edwalton, Nottinghamshire


SIR – On Sunday I contacted 111 for the primary time. The preliminary response was environment friendly, and I used to be informed the physician would reply inside six hours – simply time to get to a dispensary. Twelve hours later, no response, so I gave up.

My physician responded brilliantly the subsequent morning.

Stephen Hitch
Ermington, Devon


SIR – If James McNie (Letters, August 23) finds his financial institution fails to reply the cellphone then he can elect to take his enterprise elsewhere; that’s the great thing about competitors in a free market. The very lack of competitors inside our healthcare system permits the NHS to permit the 111 name system to function because it does. The place else can disaffected customers of the NHS go?

The earlier the nation accepts the failings of the NHS, the earlier we are able to have the dialog about the right way to take away these and undertake a system discovered in lots of European nations the place state and personal healthcare work hand in hand, with the higher outcomes this has proven to create.

We’d like a first-rate Nationwide Well being Service that the world can really envy, not the more and more third-rate Nationalised Well being Service which the Left children itself that the world envies.

John Woods
Grimsby, Lincolnshire


SIR – I not too long ago took a affected person to Frimley Park hospital. On arrival she was requested “Identify?… Date of Beginning?” After a brief pause, the receptionist then mentioned: “Your appointment has been cancelled.”

Duncan Rayner
Sunningdale, Berkshire

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