Lewes woman frustrated over healthcare

December 28, 2017

I am an established member of Lewes. I have a primary care physician, and for the most part see the NP. For over a month I have been suffering with sinus inflammation, soreness, cough, pain. Prescribed medications are not effective. An attempt by the NP to Beebe's ENT practice (of two physicians) for an appointment proved futile. I could not be seen until the end of January. I have not improved and in fact seem worse. I have maintained contact with the NP of my status. I had a chest X-ray and CT scan of sinuses. I called the doctor's office and again relayed my concerns of my health on a recording and requested a call back. No call. I went online and searched and called numerous ENT groups in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. I found an ENT practice in Easton, Md., two hours away that would see me Monday, Dec. 18. I wanted to share my ongoing frustrations that I have with trying to be seen in my own city and state by a specialist when necessary.

Two months ago I had a minor GI problem and was told by my doctor's office that they could see me in nine months. I contacted Beebe and made them aware. I had to travel to Pennsylvania to be seen. The ER is always an option but my condition was not that severe, and it is costly for me. The walk-in clinic was also available but I need an ENT specialist.

I am 64 years of age and depend on a physician being available within a reasonable amount of time when I am sick. I am at a point where I have to decide whether I am going to stay here in Lewes for this reason only.

Kathryn Joseph

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