Can­cer-risk woman faced long de­lay for care

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - BY ALIS­TAIR MUNRO

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”

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