"Surgery in a public hospital"
About: Maroondah Hospital Maroondah Hospital Ringwood East 3135
Posted by Happy to help but.. (as ),
Having waited for a public patient appointment for a few months, I was seen by a surgeon at Box Hill and felt confident in his advice and the need for surgery. I was told the waiting period would be less at Maroondah which is part of the same Eastern Healthcare network. During the waiting time I was approached to volunteer as a patient for medical students as part of their preparation for examinations, which I was happy to agree to. It was suggested that, although there was no remuneration involved, it could help my place on the waiting list - which was neither here nor there to me. The real problem arose as I was in pre-op only to find that the surgeon would not be the one I had originally seen. I was taken aback and felt a real breach of trust. It turned out OK but the fact that public patients go into a pool should be handled better and expectations better managed.