Operations outside of NI

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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Smurf71Smurf71 Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
Hi there,

Was wondering if anyone can help me or has undergone the same experience.

Last August, my Dad was diagnosed as needing a triple bypass. He's been on the waiting list since then.

We got news on Friday that his operation is to take place in 2 weeks time in Guys and St Thomas, in London. Both my Mum and myself will be travelling over with him.

Has anybody on the board ever undergone this type of op before, or has a relative or friend that has? Does anybody have any experience of this hospital as well?

Any information that anybody has would be greatly appreciated. Am trying to find out as much about the hospital as I can. Their website is excellent but obviously, I would be more interested in hearing people's first hand experience in using it, and particularly around suitable accomodation that is in the local area. I think that Mum will be staying in accomodation contained within the hospital, but am not sure if there would be any availability for myself

Many thanks
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  • blushred2blushred2 Forumite
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    Hi

    My dad had a triple bypass years ago, and it has given him a new lease of life.
    I did a few agency shifts in that hospital in London in the late 80's ( long time ago, but it was a nice hospital).

    Your accomadation will probably be really close to the hospital.

    I'll add you father to my prayer list, and feel free to PM me.
  • willow29willow29 Forumite
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    Hi,
    I had a heart operation in that hospital 4yrs ago and don't worry, you and your parents will be well looked after. I travelled with my husband and he stayed in rooms in the hospital and they provided him with food as well. THe co-ordinator, who is probably the one who sent your dad the letter about his operation, will probably be able to answer your questions about accomodation for you. Don't worry too much, the hospital are well used to getting people from NI and will organise everything for you, right down to arranging your transport home.
    We were met at airport in London by a car to take us to the hospital and travelled with another couple who were over for surgery as well, so at least you can be company for each other. You are flown business class so your dad will be more comfortable on the way home, bring a cushion/towel for the journey home as the car seatbelt can dig into the wound. The hospital is very central so you will be able to take in some of the sights as your dad will need a lot of rest, you'll be there for about a week so you'll have the time.
    The staff were great, and the quality of care i received was terrific. They take care of everything so you dont need to worry about the logistics or things, just concentrate on getting your dad through the op. Hope everything goes well for him and he makes a speedy recovery. Any more questions just ask.
  • steveympsteveymp Forumite
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    We send quiet a few patients to all parts of the UK for operations these days, its all about supply and demand of the specialist surgeons and waiting list initiatives. Nothing what so ever to fear but be warned if you do not accept the op you will go to the bottom of the queue again here:o
    I am trying, honest;) very trying according to my dear OH:rotfl:
  • ChocoChoco Forumite
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    Check if they allow you travelling expenses for next of kin etc or it used to be if you were on means tested benefits you could claim help with travel costs via Social Security Office Social Fund
  • steveympsteveymp Forumite
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    Choco wrote: »
    Check if they allow you travelling expenses for next of kin etc or it used to be if you were on means tested benefits you could claim help with travel costs via Social Security Office Social Fund

    Should all be bought and paid for you by your local health trust;) the patient and family should not end up out of pocket at all:)
    I am trying, honest;) very trying according to my dear OH:rotfl:
  • Smurf71Smurf71 Forumite
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    Thanks for all the advice and posts guys, its been very reassuring.

    I think that my Mum will be ok with regards to the flights and accomodation (as well as any subsistence). I'll have to pay for my own way, not that I mind. I'll contact the co-ordinator and see if its possible to also stay in the accomodation within the hospital.

    Again, many thanks!
  • bingo_bangobingo_bango Forumite
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    One word of warning. My father is awaiting a double bypass, and has been advised that if the waiting time expires, he will likely be sent to either Dublin or Glasgow for the op. Not an issue, as the accomodation etc is provided as above.

    BUT, if there are problems, he cannot return to the local trust for follow up consultation / surgery. The local surgeons will just refer him back to the hospital carrying out the initial surgery, which entails a trip back to the hospital in question. Not so bad if it's Dublin, but a bit of a mare if he's sent to Glasgow.

    Hopefully it all goes well as with Willow29 above for your dad.
  • Smurf71Smurf71 Forumite
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    BUT, if there are problems, he cannot return to the local trust for follow up consultation / surgery. The local surgeons will just refer him back to the hospital carrying out the initial surgery, which entails a trip back to the hospital in question. Not so bad if it's Dublin, but a bit of a mare if he's sent to Glasgow.

    Didnt realise that, its good to know. Hopefully it wont come to that though.
  • steveympsteveymp Forumite
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    One word of warning. My father is awaiting a double bypass, and has been advised that if the waiting time expires, he will likely be sent to either Dublin or Glasgow for the op. Not an issue, as the accomodation etc is provided as above.

    BUT, if there are problems, he cannot return to the local trust for follow up consultation / surgery. The local surgeons will just refer him back to the hospital carrying out the initial surgery, which entails a trip back to the hospital in question. Not so bad if it's Dublin, but a bit of a mare if he's sent to Glasgow.

    Hopefully it all goes well as with Willow29 above for your dad.

    Strange one that, not how it works in the western trust, you are still under the care of the cardiac consultant here, even after the operation. I suppose since it is only Belfast that do cardiac surgery in Norn Iron it could be the case but seems very unfair on the patient. I would be sending a quick email off to the health minister if that happened to anyone in my family, its hardly the patients fault they have been sent elsewhere for the operation, so why should the patient suffer afterwards ?

    PS. Good luck with the op Smurf, hope all goes well for your father
    I am trying, honest;) very trying according to my dear OH:rotfl:
  • Smurf71Smurf71 Forumite
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    steveymp wrote: »
    Strange one that, not how it works in the western trust, you are still under the care of the cardiac consultant here, even after the operation. I suppose since it is only Belfast that do cardiac surgery in Norn Iron it could be the case but seems very unfair on the patient. I would be sending a quick email off to the health minister if that happened to anyone in my family, its hardly the patients fault they have been sent elsewhere for the operation, so why should the patient suffer afterwards ?

    PS. Good luck with the op Smurf, hope all goes well for your father

    We're based in the Western Trust also so am glad to hear that Stevey!!
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