Pensioner's fear after hospital blundersBy Becky Barnes
December 11, 2012
A woman with an undiagnosed heart condition says she is living in fear of ‘dropping down dead’ after claiming she was ‘messed around’ by hospital staff.
Marion Jennings, 64, of Holbeck, Great Hollands, has been waiting nearly six months to find out why she keeps collapsing and claims she was turned away from an appointment then referred for tests which threatened her life by a consultant she had never seen.
The mum-of-one said: “My life at the moment is on hold. I don’t know if I could suddenly drop down dead.”
Marion collapsed in Bracknell town centre while shopping with daughter-in-law Wendy, 51, from Easthampstead, at the end of July and her blood pressure was found to be ‘all over the place’ and her heartbeat irregular.
She was referred to Heatherwood Hospital, in Ascot, for tests on her heart, but claims she never received the results.
She claims she was turned away by a nurse after waiting more than two hours to see a consultant at Wexham Park Hospital, in Slough, on Thursday, October 11, because they had no referral note from her GP.
She said: “I thought people with heart problems would be looked after but I seem to be pushed to one side.”
She visited Heatherwood Hospital last Thursday where staff began to wire her up for a treadmill test before she mentioned she could pass out if she walked too much.
Her husband Tony, 66, said: “When she mentioned this they said the test was too dangerous.”
He said his wife had been referred for a test by the doctor who turned her away in October without even assessing her.
Marion has now been given a new appointment for tests at Wexham Park Hospital on Friday, December 21, and then she will be wired up at home for seven days.
But she is concerned she will be turned away again and travelling to Slough is difficult as Marion doesn’t drive and Tony is paralysed from the waist down and has been in a wheelchair since 2004.
She added: “I am just in limbo. If I go all the way over there again are they actually going to do it?”
A Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust spokeswoman said: “The trust is sorry to hear of the confusion experienced by Mrs Jennings regarding her cardiology appointments.
“We would urge Mrs Jennings to contact our patient relations team to ensure she is receiving the most appropriate advice and care.”