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  • #31113

    After receiving news that I have been awarded funding from Medway PCT NHS Trust on October 3rd 2012 on the third attempt, I have received my first appointment letter yesterday giving the appointment for Friday 23rd November at my chosen hospital Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth with Shaw Somers. The letter states I’ll be there for over four hours and includes the psychological assessment questions, a food diary to complete and another sheet with general questions about moods, depression and general medical history etc.

    Who has seen Shaw Somers at QA Portsmouth under NHS funding? I’m keen to speak with people who have actually been there so I can have a rough idea of what to expect on the day.

    Is it very different paying for the service yourself or being treated for the same thing under the NHS funding? I wondered why the seminars are geared towards people funding their weight loss surgery themselves and do not really cater for people being funded via the NHS.

    Also as the hospital is about 110 miles away from me how many times did you need to go prior to then after surgery?

    All answers greatly appreciated

    Thanks 🙂
    Helen x

    #47811

    @myheartexposed 26091 wrote:

    After receiving news that I have been awarded funding from Medway PCT NHS Trust on October 3rd 2012 on the third attempt, I have received my first appointment letter yesterday giving the appointment for Friday 23rd November at my chosen hospital Queen Alexandra in Portsmouth with Shaw Somers. The letter states I’ll be there for over four hours and includes the psychological assessment questions, a food diary to complete and another sheet with general questions about moods, depression and general medical history etc.

    Who has seen Shaw Somers at QA Portsmouth under NHS funding? I’m keen to speak with people who have actually been there so I can have a rough idea of what to expect on the day.

    Is it very different paying for the service yourself or being treated for the same thing under the NHS funding? I wondered why the seminars are geared towards people funding their weight loss surgery themselves and do not really cater for people being funded via the NHS.

    Also as the hospital is about 110 miles away from me how many times did you need to go prior to then after surgery?

    All answers greatly appreciated

    Thanks 🙂
    Helen x

    Hi

    I’ve just got in from my first post op appointment, in Portsmouth this afternoon with Shaw, my discharge from QA was four weeks ago tomorrow. The only difference is I funded my op but having read other posts it appears your appointment will be with a everyone on one day, then probably the only other appointment you might get pre op is your pre op assessment hopefully.

    Having just seen Shaw Somers today he says I will see him again in about three months, I have to see the dietitian at regular intervals and the bariactric nurse. I will see Shaw regularly over the next two years.

    QA is a well run clean and modern hospital having undergone a massive building and make over finishing in 2009, I just wish it was my local hospital. Car parking is good and there is a train station at Cosham which is about 15 minute walk away.

    I understand why you are asking as you travelling from a long distance, I only live 61 miles away and can drive to QA in just over an hour! But the biggest bonus you have Shaw Somers as your consultant .

    Funding myself I only had 3 pre op appointments 1) to see Shaw 2) dietitian 3) pre op assessment but I did go to my first appointment with an extensive medical history at this point it was decided I should have my op at QA. My GP was instrumental in giving me copies of letters, test results and summaries to take with me, which I was reluctant to produce immediately but after ten minutes I felt it, would be productive to had these to Shaw who was even more delighted when I said they were for him to keep.

    I wish you all the best for the 23rd, sorry I am not able to answer you main question.
    Good Luck.

    Claire

    #47807
    Paul-H
    Participant

    Hi Helen

    Well done in getting your funding through, at last.

    The Bariatric centre at Portsmouth is quite new, so there may not be to many former patients on here. But I suspect its going to be setup and run just like the one Shaw helped setup at St Richards in Chichester, if it is then its the MDT day first which you have your appointment for and then just Pre-op and surgery day so not too many trips.

    Mind you its all the follow up appointments that get you in the end with a 200 odd mile round trip for a 5 minute appointment with the dietician.

    One of the main differences between Private and NHS is that the NHS make more checks pre and post surgery to make sure you are not going to waste the money they are spending on you, so Psycological assesments all the way, both before during and after. Private patients dont always get this luxury as it just costs them more money. so some but not all providers do not do much in the way of phsycologial assesments.

    Good luck with your appointment, hope it all goes your way.

    All the best

    Paul

    #47806
    Candy
    Member

    Hi Helen
    i also had my surgery in St Richards in Chichester,with shaw somers i went to see him as a private patient we went though my history and he then encouraged me to apply for funding which i did and got, i still had Shaw as a surgeon and received excellent care from all the staff, i too live in kent and had several appointments after surgery the Ist being 6 weeks after then 3 monthly for a year so 5 times in total, yes its a long drive but if you know that before you start its ok
    i would still do it again im now 19 months post op and nearly 14stone lighter, so to me the only difference from private to NHS was the headed paper for your appointments
    So Good luck on your journey you want be sorry
    Denise

    #47808

    thank you so much Claire it does help to hear from someone who’s actually used the same hospital and facilities. It was Shaw Somers himself who asked me to put QA Portsmouth down as my chosen hospital for weight loss surgery, very much looking forward to meeting him on the 23rd and asking all those lingering questions, all in all I just want to get on with it all really. Today I showed the bumph of paperwork to my nurse as it does not state whether to send it off prior to the appointment or bring it all with me filled in. At St Richards its the same lot of paperwork my nurse said but with that unit you can fill it all in online, QA have not indicated what to do with it all so I need to find that out next.
    Helen

    @Happy-go-lucky 26098 wrote:

    Hi

    I’ve just got in from my first post op appointment, in Portsmouth this afternoon with Shaw, my discharge from QA was four weeks ago tomorrow. The only difference is I funded my op but having read other posts it appears your appointment will be with a everyone on one day, then probably the only other appointment you might get pre op is your pre op assessment hopefully.

    Having just seen Shaw Somers today he says I will see him again in about three months, I have to see the dietitian at regular intervals and the bariactric nurse. I will see Shaw regularly over the next two years.

    QA is a well run clean and modern hospital having undergone a massive building and make over finishing in 2009, I just wish it was my local hospital. Car parking is good and there is a train station at Cosham which is about 15 minute walk away.

    I understand why you are asking as you travelling from a long distance, I only live 61 miles away and can drive to QA in just over an hour! But the biggest bonus you have Shaw Somers as your consultant .

    Funding myself I only had 3 pre op appointments 1) to see Shaw 2) dietitian 3) pre op assessment but I did go to my first appointment with an extensive medical history at this point it was decided I should have my op at QA. My GP was instrumental in giving me copies of letters, test results and summaries to take with me, which I was reluctant to produce immediately but after ten minutes I felt it, would be productive to had these to Shaw who was even more delighted when I said they were for him to keep.

    I wish you all the best for the 23rd, sorry I am not able to answer you main question.
    Good Luck.

    Claire

    #47809

    thank you so much Paul, this is the kind of info I was looking for 🙂
    Helen

    @Paul-H 26099 wrote:

    Hi Helen

    Well done in getting your funding through, at last.

    The Bariatric centre at Portsmouth is quite new, so there may not be to many former patients on here. But I suspect its going to be setup and run just like the one Shaw helped setup at St Richards in Chichester, if it is then its the MDT day first which you have your appointment for and then just Pre-op and surgery day so not too many trips.

    Mind you its all the follow up appointments that get you in the end with a 200 odd mile round trip for a 5 minute appointment with the dietician.

    One of the main differences between Private and NHS is that the NHS make more checks pre and post surgery to make sure you are not going to waste the money they are spending on you, so Psycological assesments all the way, both before during and after. Private patients dont always get this luxury as it just costs them more money. so some but not all providers do not do much in the way of phsycologial assesments.

    Good luck with your appointment, hope it all goes your way.

    All the best

    Paul

    #47810

    thanks Denise, its very encouraging to hear from you 🙂
    Helen

    @Candy 26100 wrote:

    Hi Helen
    i also had my surgery in St Richards in Chichester,with shaw somers i went to see him as a private patient we went though my history and he then encouraged me to apply for funding which i did and got, i still had Shaw as a surgeon and received excellent care from all the staff, i too live in kent and had several appointments after surgery the Ist being 6 weeks after then 3 monthly for a year so 5 times in total, yes its a long drive but if you know that before you start its ok
    i would still do it again im now 19 months post op and nearly 14stone lighter, so to me the only difference from private to NHS was the headed paper for your appointments
    So Good luck on your journey you want be sorry
    Denise

    #47805
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    I can honestly, with my hand on my heart, say that Private and NHS patients are treated with the same dignity and respect with Streamline. I was an NHS patient for my bypass (St Richard’s, Chichester with Shaw Somers) and was bowled over at the level of care I received from every member of the team.

    Doodah x

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