There has been a bit of coverage about NHS targets recently ("Neil orders under-fire health boards to tell all", The Herald, January 11).
I require an operation on a cataract in my left eye. My appointment at The Golden Jubilee was for 8.30am and I was seen by a very efficient nurse at 9.30am for about an hour. The surgeon came in the afternoon and I saw him for about half an hour.
Both were extremely efficient and helpful, answering all my questions. They asked about my availability and I told them I was going on holiday for a week on October 23 and that I had a gig with my ceilidh band, which would involve me having to move my heavy PA, on November 30. This did not seem to present any problems at the time.
I was given an appointment for October 19 and when I phoned up I was told there would be no problem about flying. When asked about lifting suitcases I was told I would not be able to do so for about six weeks so I had, with great regret, to turn down this appointment.
I reiterated that, as I had made clear in my preliminary interviews, the ideal time for me would be in early December. To my astonishment I was told this was outside the target period and I would have to re-refer myself; that is, go back to square one.
My cataract is deteriorating every week and fortunately my right eye is fine and I can go about my daily life, although I am finding it increasingly difficult to read and I have to use a magnifying glass to do The Herald crossword.
I have since had another eye test and my optician has re-referred me and my doctor has written a letter.
This all happened three months ago and I have not heard another thing about an appointment.
It is hard to see why this target setting is helpful to anyone other than those submitting statistics about "successful" outcomes.
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