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Offline kateplate

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NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« on: June 10, 2008, 06:49:14 PM »
Hi all,

I had a Left knee MRI scan ordered on April 30th and done on May 12th.... and I'm still waiting for those results. Normal UK NHS protocol is to wait for another outpatient appointment for a face-to-face consultation. Last time that took 3 months!!

Trouble is......I have another doc appointment at a specialist pain clinic on June 20th, but the May 12th results are not available, although they would be really valuable at that consult. I've spoken to the OS secretary and the MRI dep't and neither is willing to help. The OS who ordered the scan has been away, and although the results are ready for him to report on, he can't do this until they arrive on his desk. If that happens even at the end of this week then I won't get an appointment to discuss the results until after June 20th!! The MRI scan dep't won't give me access to the results without a report on them, but can't promise getting them to the right person this week. What a mess!!!!

Anybody got any bright ideas? I'm happy to sit it out in clinic to wait for the info, but the lack of communication is driving me insane. My GP tells me that nobody can feedback until the results are reported on in the actual MRI dep't. K
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2008, 08:09:28 PM »
Hi,

You poor thing.  You have contacting all the right people but are coming up against a brick wall.  Maybe asked the MRI department if they have anyone else who can report the MRI and forward it to your OS secretary to forward on to your doctor.

Nothing worse than the system.

Good luck

Sue
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Fall from horse 04/04
Arthroscopy 27/07/07 -Grade III debridement
Re-injured knee running 1/03/08
Arthroscopy 11/10/08 - Grade II debridement
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31/05/16 Grade 4 Chondromalacia and patella tilt (R)
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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2008, 08:18:27 PM »
At my hospital it is the radiologist that does the reporting on what he finds in the scan - and reports to the OS - takes about 2 weeks usually. There is a good chance that the results of the scan along with the pictures will already be on your computerised file and so the pain dept will have access to it.

Whenever I have been for a scan I have always booked a follow up for 10 days post scan - they have never not had the results !

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #3 on: June 11, 2008, 08:15:49 PM »
Thanks for the feedback. Main problem for me is that the complex nature of my knee and nerve damage problems means that I am now under the care of 4 different consultants in 3 seperate hospitals. The computerised MRI / X-ray results don't transmit from one base to another. Plus, all the secretaries seem to work half time so the messaging process is pretty slow. I've decided to give it until Friday (7 days prior to big pain assessment in Birmingham) and if I still have no results then I'll get back on the  phone and chase up again. Hate making a pain of myself. Do you think the anonymous person at the other end of the phone puts our results to the bottom of the pile again.....just to spite us for ringing up???!!!!
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2008, 10:04:36 PM »
Just bear in mind, this is how much more wonderful the NHS is under NuLabour!

I've now got 22 complaints against Selly Oak alone! Last visit, the doc started giving me advice, and telling me I'd probably need to go for an MRI in three months. I corrected him and told him that I had actually had an MRI on my knee last year. He seemed not to be aware of this and went back to check.

Just what is it with these doctors that are giving advice and opinion without being aware of the facts?

Just because we get free treatment, doesn't mean it should be rubbish! These people get paid to do a job!

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008, 05:43:34 PM »
Totally undertand your sentiments!!

I went to a combined clinic at a specialist orthopaedic centre last year and my own OS started examining the wrong knee and querying my symptoms in front of his colleagues!!!!!

Have to confess that this has opened my eyes to the pitfalls of the NHS. But having said that.... I finally just spoke with my current OS secretary and she has promised to get the OS to call me today or tomorrow with my results that are currently sitting on her desk. She was charming and polite and couldn't have been more helpful.

However....seeing is believing....once I get feedback I'll let you know!

Also, Selly Oak and The Midlands in general have a pretty poor reputation.

Chin up! K
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008, 06:25:41 PM »
In comparison, I thought the George Eliot hospital were wonderful. Apart from them not being able to send me back home by patient transport the 20 odd miles, their nurses and doctors couldn't do enough for you. If I had a question, I could go straight to the PALS service. At Selly Oak, they tell me that the PALS service cannot do this because it would take a week to get my notes from store! Unbeflamingleavable.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2008, 04:14:38 PM »
Friday 4pm and no feedback.....despite the hospital promising to call me. Guess I'll have to hassle again next week. There is no way I'm waiting 3 months for an appointment in a specialist centre, and then not taking my results along with me! Very fed up now.
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008, 04:22:24 PM »
Is there a possibility that you can pick up all results yourself and bring them with you ?
I have done that.
I am in Sweden and we have about same darn system.
Surgery 6 times left knee torn meniscus, RSDS,chondromalacia, nervdamage cause constant nervpain,chronic inflamm.
Spinaldamage wheeler 100%.
Right knee damaged aug-06, use brace surgery 4/9-07.LCL tear.

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Re: NHS protocol for reporting on MRI scans
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2008, 12:28:59 PM »
That's probably what will happen. The OS hasn't been in touch (I know they're busy people) and nothing has been sent via post, so I guess the drive will do my knee good!!
Dec '05 RK plm; Dec '06 RK plm&pmm; Sept '07 LK pmm. Jan '09 LK pmm and synovial joint repair / removal of fat pad.
March '09 insertion of spinal cord stimulator for permanent nerve damage in L leg.















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