Cancer-risk woman faced long delay for care
Health chiefs have apologised after a 61-year-old woman with suspected cancer of the womb was told she would have to wait “two to three months” for an emergency examination in hospital.
Mary Henderson, of Gairloch in Wester Ross, was shocked when her GP told her she could have cancer. Her worry escalated to anger after finding she might have to wait months for an examination.
NHS Highland has now apologised and confirmed an appointment for Mrs Henderson. But it is more than six weeks after her initial GP visit which her husband Peter, 64, has blasted as “ludicrous”.
He said: “We are sitting here worried sick not knowing whether or not Mary has cancer. I think waiting times for emergency appointments for possible cancer are outrageous.”
The couple’s ordeal began on October 15 when Mrs Henderson fell ill and went to her GP who was concerned a possible out- come was she could have cancer of the womb.
Mr Henderson said: “The doctor arranged with Raigmore Hospital gynaecology department for an emergency appointment and reassured us we should get a letter or phone call in the next few days, and if we hadn’t heard by two weeks to get back in touch with her. Two weeks passed with no contact. The doctor contacted the hospital again to be told we may have to wait for two or three months. This I found totally unacceptable.”
He then turned to Edward Mountain MSP for help. When the Press and Journal contacted the NHS it was confirmed an emergency appointment was made for November 27.
An NHS Highland spokesman said: “We can appreciate any delay must be very distressing and we have been in touch with the patient to apologise.”
“Wait two to three months for an emergency examination”