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17th November 2009, 03:48 PM
Ok this is a rant and a half but I am nearly in tears so maybe it will help to write it.

I have just had the most ridiculous experience at the hospital. To set the scene- I was recommended surgery over 15 years ago for my scoliosis on the basis of the rate of curve progression. I had a lovely GP at the time who supported my desicion to decline and suggested regular x-rays to monitor the curve. Over the years I did a lot of keep fit and exercise and after a couple of xrays we decided that as the curve had not got worse and that I was managing the pain to stop doing x-rays for a bit. Time moved on until I started to get significant more pain and look a lot more wonky and after physio etc. my GP suggested a further xray to see how things were. Well it had got worse but the GP had lost the original xrays anyway so we have let another year go by and he suggested doing another one to compare again. We would use these x-rays to make a disicion about going back to the consultant.

Today I turn up at the Nuffield hospital- I have them done privately because a) I can choose the time but b) more importantly because you get to keep the x-rays aqnd can take them to consultants or whoever needs to measure. Well this random nurse comes out and says in front of everyone in the waiting area that there is not enough detail on the xray form and asks me about the sort of pain I was having, I should have said straight away that I was not prepared to dicuss in public but I just said it was for monitoring a scoliosis and she went away. Why should she assume it was for pain anyway.? Then after 20 minutes she came back and asked was I under an Orthopaedic Surgeon as the Radiographer was not happy about this being a GP request. She then decided that it was best that I talk to the Radiographer directly. I explained to him the situation and he starts to tell me that if my symptoms have worsened that I should be going back to the Consultant and not have an Xray as it meant that the scoliosis had obviously progressed and too many x-rays were bad for me. ( I have had one in the last 15 years!!) He said that I probably had osteoporosis and that would have made it worse. All this he said without knowing me or my condition or my medical history. He said he would measure the curve for his report and that I was to bring in my previous x rays so that he could do a comparison. I said in a polite way that if my Gp had ordered x rays then that was good enough for me and that it was not up to him to decide whether I could actually have the x-ray and that it needed a specialist to measure them or at least the same person as before to do a comparison. I wanted to tell him that he had no right to question what the GP had asked for and to mind his own business but I was afraid he would actually refuse to do the xrays. He almost made me beg!

The daft thing is that if you turn up in A&E for anything these days they xray straight away , regardless if you are actually carrying x rays with you as each doctor has his own way of doing things. I was upset because he has speculated on my condition and worried me even further. What does he know anyway - most Orthopaedic Suegeons have little experience of scoliosis and he's just a radiographer. I am tempted to complain but not sure who to.

17th November 2009, 06:19 PM
:squeeze:Hi Burdle,
I am sorry had crap time at X-ray department and stupid radioperson &nurse.
xxxxx Jo

Amazed Jean
17th November 2009, 08:38 PM
Radiography is changing all the time. Here at the local Imaging Center there are a few radiographers, an Ultra Sound tech, and a mammogram tech then there is a radiographer who is a doctor of radiography - a Radiologist. So a doctor is who looks at your xray before you go home. I have had a ton of xrays in my life (yes, I know they aren't good for you - but when a physician wants an xray for diagnostics I just do it) Every xray etc. was ordered by another doctor. No one questions what is going on etc. Some times they won't tell you what they found and you must go back to the ordering physician. I have never had anyone question me like you had happen to you. I don't get why the radiographer is questioning a doctors's orders. Is there a Radiologist on site? He's supposed to be in charge of his radiographers. I would get on the phone and raise a little hell. Tell them how rude the radiographer was.
I know about the protocals because our daughter is a Radiographer and Mammographer. She says they are not allowed to question a doctor's orders. They just take the image ordered. The Radioogist checks the xrays to make sure they are readable enough before they release the patient.
I am so sorry someone who is supposed to be a professional was this rude to you. I have dispatched two flying monkeys to give your radiographer bad dreams and fleas!

17th November 2009, 10:33 PM
All this red tape drives me crazy too. I wish I could give you some good advice but frankly I am totally confused myself. I wont hijack this thread but I am supposed to have an MRI for my knee and I have no idea who has to get the authorization. My doc today said I have to call the insurance company. The insurance company says the MRI people at the hospital have to call them and get the full authorization. But the hospital just called me and said it was my doctor that has to arrange it all. AGGHHH. :idiot::doh::argue:

Look, I'm a simple girl so somebody just give me some simple rules. I can follow orders. I just don't like being told 3 versions!!!!!

Burdle, it is so odd to think that we were both having similar hassle so many thousands of miles away from each other on the same day!!! Thank you for starting a rant thread. I feel your pain sister!!!!!!

Lucy xx

17th November 2009, 11:31 PM
What shoddy treatment, I think you should contact PALS at the hospital and see if they can intervene on your behalf. They had no right to treat you this way >:|

18th November 2009, 02:51 PM
Oh that's a good point Gilly. Yes, PALS would be a great approach.

18th November 2009, 03:21 PM
Thanks for listening Guys,

I think I will contact PALS as although I have calmed down a bit I don't want to have to go thru that again.

Little Ali
18th November 2009, 07:11 PM
That sounds horrible! Stupid radiographer! I got sent initially by my GP.

I was going to suggest PALS too. Good luck x