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GB1962

Treatment at QE Hospital Birmingham

Hi everyone, hope you are all having a good day..

I wondered if anyone had any experience of receiving treatment at the QE hospital Birmingham? My husband Garry ( Gaz) has recently been diagnosed with a tumour on the left side of the colon. We have just seen his surgeon for the first time, it is Mr Ismail. I wondered if anyone was able to share any experiences, or have any advice to help us on our journey?

My first impression of the colorectal team is very positive. Thank you in anticipation 🙂

Gill :x:

Polly 1

Hi Gill @GB1962 the QE are looking after my husband's liver. His Colorectal team are at our local hospital so sorry I havnt any experience of the QE Colorectal team. We have been treated very well by the QE liver team though and he had a liver resection there in March 2016.

Have you registered for the QE online patient portal 'my health' ? It is very good - as well as appointments, blood tests results (if done at QE) etc you can also pick up letters between Consultants which is useful.

www.uhb.nhs.uk/myhealth-at-QEHB.htm

All the best :x:

GB1962

Oh thank you so much @Polly 1 💐 glad to hear that you were treated very well by the QE Liver team. As it happens, my hubby works at the QE as an electrician. It's a vast place isn't it? I will register on the portal.
All the best to you too :x:

Polly 1

Yes its very big @GB1962 - especially that huge atrium!

As we travel from Shropshire we were pleased that the train station is so close to the hospital and the trains from New Street are so regular! We only get 2 trains an hour at our local station so once we get to New Street it is very strange for us 'country bumpkins' to see trains leaving for the QE every few minutes - its not even worth checking the timetable to see when the next one is due 😁

GB1962

Not sure if you have stopped off at New Street and ventured into Grand Central above the station @Polly 1 ? It's quite a busy place, but worth seeing. I work in Five Ways, which is near the train stop between New St and University, I use the cross city line everyday.
Have a good day in sunny Shropshire! 🌞

KarenE

Hi Gill @GB1962 like @Polly 1 my hubby is also treated by liver team at the QE and his colorectal and oncology team are at our local hospital, which isn’t to far away in Dudley. We have found them very organised. Letters for appointments seem to come quite quickly. We don’t have to chase the QE like we do our local hospital.
It is a large hospital but quite easy to navigate.
Does your husband have any dates for scans or surgery yet?

GB1962

Hello @KarenE, nice to meet you, ( just sorry it's in these circumstances ), we are very lucky to live so close to the QE ( it's about 4 miles) and Gaz has worked there as an electrician on the building of the hospital, so feels very much part of the place!

He had a scan on Saturday, and we are meeting with the surgeon again on Friday, as long as the scan results are available. Apparently, they can take longer than a week to be reported. We haven't had a date yet for surgery, I guess it will depend on the results of the scan ?

Feeling very new to all this at the moment. Anxious to find out exactly what we are up against. People's stories on the forum are very, very, inspiring and I think I will be coming here quite often !

Have a good day in sunny West Brom, my son is a Baggies fan, he's an armchair fan really, but neverless that's his Team! ⚽️

Love from Gill :x:

KarenE

Best wishes for your appointment on Friday @GB1962. Waiting for results is always an anxious time, especially at the beginning. Once you know what you’re up against and have a treatment plan things will get easier.
I’m so glad I found this forum, there are so many inspiring people on here.
Do let us know how it goes on Friday. :x::x:

GB1962

Thanks @KarenE, hopefully we will have the scan results reported by then :x::x:

KarenE

Morning @GB1962 just wanted to wish you good luck for your appointment today :x::x:

GB1962

Hi @KarenE , thank you that's so nice of you , we are so lucky the CT scan had been reported and the size of the tumour is 4 inches.
There is swelling in the lymph nodes which suggests that there is metastasis, but liver and lungs are clear at present. I don't really understand that bit, it's all quite overwhelming at first and I will have to speak to the colerectal nurse specialist to confirm my understanding of what we were told. The good news is that everything has been done quickly, and Gaz is going in on Monday evening :x::x:

KarenE

Wow Monday @GB1962 that is really quick. My husband was diagnosed on 23 March and had op on 16 May. It’s good news that his lungs and liver are clear. Im so pleased you don’t have to wait long. Best wishes for Monday, I’ll be thinking of you both :x::x:

GB1962

@KarenE, that lengthy wait must have been just horrendous, we have only had 2 weeks of stress and it's been awful. But I'm really pleased with your good news, you must be so relieved!! Thank you so much for your lovely supportive message 😊

Gill :x::x: