"Cancelled surgery after 3 year wait"

About: Bunbury Hospital

(as the patient),

Three years ago I was placed on a waiting list to have Abdominoplasty surgery. I was thrilled as I had a bowl resection done several years ago which left my stomach in a mess. 

I was extremely excited when my phone rang a month ago to inform me my surgery would take place at Bunbury Regional Hospital mid-year. 

I put in place my work schedule for the next few months having to cancel some of my clients and move others to a later or earlier date. 

Recently I received a call from the hospital to say my surgery would not be going ahead and was permanently cancelled due to a very senior doctor at the hospital (not my surgeon) deciding not to honour my surgery and I believe the surgery of several others. 

After a three year wait do you know how excited I was to be told I was having this life changing surgery and then this doctor decides to can it. I liken it to giving a 3 year old their favourite toy and then taking it away. 

In my opinion I don't know how this particular doctor sleeps at night ruining peoples dreams of a life changing event.

Responses

Response from Marianne Slattery, Director of Nursing & Midwifery, WACHS - South West

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Dear Totally devastated

I am sorry to hear that your surgery has been cancelled after waiting for three years.

I appreciate how upset you must have felt receiving the phone call telling you that your planned surgery had been cancelled permanently.

Without details it is difficult to provide you with a specific reply. However, if you would care to provide your contact details I would like to meet with you to see what I can do to assist you. I can be contacted on 0427 900 951.

Kind Regards

Marianne Slattery

Director of Nursing and Midwifery

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