Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The Mystery Of The Secret Appointment!

Another strange event began to unfold.

Whilst we were still waiting patiently I had also been dealing with some problems relating to Hari's feeding tubes.

Somebody, somewhere, had pushed some paper around a desk and decreed that everyone using NG tubes of the type we were using should change to a different type. We tried a few different makes before finding one that seemed suitable and throughout this process I had a few telephone conversations with Geraint - a dietician involved in ordering the tubes.

During one of these conversations Geraint commented that we had missed a hospital appointment and I assured him that Hari had no hospital appointments. However, he was adamant that we had missed an appointment and rifled through Hari's notes to locate a letter referring to this. He then told us that Hari had not attended an appointment on August 13th 2008.

This was the first that we had heard of this appointment!

Curiouser and Curiouser!

No letter had been sent to our GP surgery regarding the missed appointment - sending such a letter is standard practice.

Curiouser and Curiouser!

No replacement appointment, or letter telling us to seek a new referral, had been sent to us.

Curiouser and Curiouser!

Now then - John Reid, GP, had made the referral to Social Services/Adult Protection, alleging that Hari was not attending appointments, on June 24th 2008. At this point she definitely had no appointments.

The appointment that we were supposed to have missed was on August 13th 2008, nearly two months AFTER the Social Services/Adult Protection referral had been made!

Curiouser and Curiouser!

Is John Reid, GP, psychic - do you think?

Interestingly, the secret appointment was also AFTER I had pointed out to the Healthcare Commission that the referral had been made on the grounds of not attending appointments when no appointments had been given - and that this situation was not of our making!

Curiouser and Curiouser!

It seems to me that as certain people actually had no justifiable reason to instigate a Safeguarding Meeting/Adult Protection Review, they had found it necessary to invent a reason that might seem plausible enough to support their malicious actions.

Easy solution - book an appointment but don't tell the patient or carer about it.

HEY PRESTO! Vulnerable adult not attending appointments!

Not so curious now!

More about not telling the patient and carer about things later!

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