Well I never! My imminent hospital visit was all sorted, or so I thought till I received a letter telling me I had the option of going somewhere else. I do... why?
The appointment offered, the letter explained, with apologies, was thirteen days past the legally required period for treatment to be given. The hospital is therefore "required to identify if any other hospital outside the region would be able to treat [me]".... before the date that I was offered. The letter goes on to say that I may have already received a call from the hospital about this asking whether I would be willing to to be placed under the care of another consultant; (no, I have not received such a call). Of course, if I did want to pursue this offer, it would mean that I would have to travel for treatment and possibly any follow up care. Receiving timely follow up care has long been a bone of contention for many patients in far flung communities. It would be nice to get it. As you can tell, this guidance does not worry me in the least. It might, I suppose, if I lived within, say, twenty or thirty miles of the hospital.
I am used to travelling for a regional hospital appointment, a journey of 240 miles, (round trip). I would not be particularly put out by having to travel farther, if I were to pursue a change of plans. As I am not going to, it is all academic anyway.
It is highly unlikely the administration would be able to obtain alternative services for me with so little time to do so, less than TWO DAYS. By sending me the offer at very short notice to re-arrange my treatment, the hospital may just about have legally covered itself.