Well, husband's phone consultation with his prostate surgeon turned out to be not what we were expecting at all. For a start, the consultant wasn't in the prostate team, he's from Urology and works specifically with bladder problems, not the prostate. He had next to none of husband's previous notes - he's from a different hospital entirely, an outreach clinic connected with Yeovil hospital.....although that shouldn't matter, all husband's notes presumably should be accessible on computer! He didn't know why husband is on the meds he is for both his prostate and bladder problems. He was under the impression that husband is on the list for a prostate op at Taunton hospital, didn't know that Taunton had referred him to Yeovil to get the op done sooner, as Yeovil have a shorter waiting list. When husband told him that, he stated that actually Yeovil's waiting list is at least as long as Taunton's, and he's looking at a wait of a further 6 months or so! So definitely no danger of him having it before Christmas! He also didn't know why husband was even having a prostate op. The consultant kept saying husband's RECENT urine sample showed blood in his urine.....erm, he hasn't had to provide a sample recently, the last one he thinks was around a year ago, so goodness knows where the guy got that info from - husband did tell him he's not had a test recently. All in all, it was a classic example of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. I did even wonder whether he'd got husband mixed up with another patient, perhaps having the same name?!
The outcome is the consultant is going to try and track down the rest of husband's notes (would have been a good idea to do that prior to his phone call!), and then he'll write to husband. So poor husband is no further forward.