Have you missed a hospital appointment? We want to hear from you.

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Hospital patient - Credit: Archant

‘Get in touch if you’ve missed a hospital appointment’

Around one in 10 hospital appointments are missed every year in England, leading to wasted NHS resources.

The cost to the NHS of unused check-ups was estimated at £225million in 2012-13 and they result in worse patient care, inefficient use of hospital staff and increased waiting times.

A Herald investigation is looking at the price our local hospitals pay for missed appointments and which are the worst affected.

We would love to hear from readers about the reasons why patients fail to attend appointments. Did a letter get lost in the post? Was there an administrative error that left you fuming? Did your car break down? Or were there other genuine reasons why you, or a relative, simply could not get to the hospital?

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To discuss your story, contact reporter Beth Sharp by emailing beth.sharp@archant.co.uk or by calling 01392 888503.

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