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25 Jul 2006

REFERRAL NEEDED
Dear Doc
I need a referral for my father. He has had a triple heart bypass in 1999 and two aorta transplants (1991 and 2000). He needs a thorough check-up. I would like him to see a specialist in the JHB area - a good one.
If you can also do referrals for Pulmnologists in this area I'll appreciate it.
Regards,
Dee
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HeartDoc

01 Jan 0001


Dear Dee,

It is usual for a patient to be followed up by the specialist who has performed the surgery, as he is the most familiar with the patient and his problem. I gather that there is a reason for this not being desired or possible.

Unfortunately I do not live in that area, so do not know any of the specialists. It would in any case be unprofessional and unethical for me to recommend by name any practitioner on a public forum such as this.

Your best bet would be to ask your local GP, and a few other GPs, or even friends, “Who is the best and busiest cardiac surgeon in this town?” If one name keeps coming up, go to that cardiac surgeon. Alternatively, you could ask your GP to refer your Dad to the nearest large teaching hospital – preferably one affiliated to a medical school. Here you are likely to get the services of not only highly trained surgeons, but also the input of the more senior consultants.

I hope all is well with your Dad.

HeartDoc
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