Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast

Royal Victoria Hospital
274 Grosvenor Road
BT12 6BA Belfast
028 9024 0503
028 9063 3253
07506 070491
028 9063 3917
028 9024 0899
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Royal Victoria Hospital treats over 80, 000 people as inpatients and 350, 000 people as outpatients every year, providing local services to the people of Belfast and a large number of regional specialist services to people from across Northern Ireland. These specialist services include Cardiac Surgery, Critical Care, and the Regional Trauma Centre.

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Rheumatology, General Surgery, Rheumatologist, Imaging Services, Respiratory Medicine, Dermatology, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, Gynaecology, Urology, Gastroenterology, Fertility Centre, Pharmacy, Social Work, Arthritis, Maternity, Joint Pain, Hepatology, Dental Hospital, Endocrine Surgery, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Laboratory Service, Leading Specialist, Infectious Diseases Services, Hospital Social Work

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Anthony Weir
1 Stars

School of Dentistry, Periodontics

, more than 6 months ago

Firstly, a minor but important point: the name of my doctor on the hospital files is at least 10 years out of date! This does not resonate well with a patient. Secondly, the standard appointment notification form is a sheer disgrace. Badly mimeographed, it looks as if it was worded by a trainee sometime in the 1940s. It also makes one very doubtful about the general competence of the administration. Thirdly, I was of course referred by my (excellent) dentist for periodontal examination. This appointment went very well, and I was greatly impressed by the doctor concerned - excellent rapport, too. When he had finished his examination, he told me that he would as a matter of form inform my dentist of his findings, but that this might take some weeks because of lack of secretarial staff. I went myself to my dentist the next day, and made an appointment to have a wisdom tooth removed which (as she had predicted) had spread periodontal infection. This I could do, of course, without the report from the Clinic! Some time later, an appointment notification arrived, for two appointments, one week apart, for deep periodontal cleaning: 14th and 21st February So far, so good. But early in January another notification arrived, peremptorialy making a new appointment on the 28th February. I assumed that this was now the first one, and that the second one would be a week later. But fortunately I checked, and discovered that the new dates were 21st and 28th February. Hmm. Lack of intelligent communication is the problem of the times: the more sophisticated the means of communication, the more reduced the ability to communicate. It is virtually a law. And simply signing with a forename, and indeed addressing an e-mail to a patient with “Hi!” (see below) is merely vulgarly familiar, and does not engender any kind of confidence. I turned up on the 21st and again had excellent treatment from someone described rather insultingly on the appointments form as a ‘technician’ or something like that. In any case a vague and dismissive term (I no longer have the form, alas!) What would be wrong with the word ‘practitioner’ ? On the morning of the 28th I received a call from ‘a nurse’ telling me that the ‘technician’ had called in sick, that she herself could not make an appointment, but that I would be contacted the following day. I was (needless to say) not contacted. The day after that I phoned the Clinic at 10.50 in the morning only to get an answering service, telling me that nobody was available, and to leave a message. This I did. But I have not had a reply. This sort of administrative incompetence is completely unacceptable, and completely undermines to excellent standard of the practitioners involved. I have no desire to make further appointments with incompetents who could reduce me to tears – or to shouting down the phone. So I will have missed the course of antibiotics which were also to be part of the treatment. ‘Back to Square One’. If only this could happen to the NHS as a whole : the whole management structure fired and re-employed according to ability. Unfortunately, bureaucracies are self-perpetuating and, like tumours, self-enlarging. It is well known that some NHS patients suffer quite a lot of stress from maladministration, and for (let’s face it) peripheral treatment like my own, it is simply not worth it to have anything to do with the blunt (hospital) end of the service.
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