"Get a second opinion no matter how good the hospital is."

About: The Alfred

(as the patient),

First experience was GP told me to go home and take Agarol for tummy pain I'd had all day. I didn't believe that would help, went to the Alfred hospital, within 4hours I was being operated on for a perforated bowel!

Second instance was been to Alfred Hospital complaining of chest pain for 7 months, am diabetic, aged 70 had first heart attack aged 35yrs. Hospital kept saying nothing to do with heart. I kept going there regularly complaining until one Saturday I refused to leave until I saw a senior doctor. He admitted me, two days later an angiogram was done, I had a 90% blockage of the main heart artery and 40% blockage of other arteries. Exactly one week before angiogram a senior cardiologist at the Alfred wrote to my GP telling him that my chest pain was NOT heart related!

My warning is to everyone DON'T listen to what one doctor says, GET another opinion ALWAYS doesn't matter how good the hospital is.

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