Broken heating in Vange home meant man missed cancer test

Echo: Broken heating in Vange home meant man missed cancer test Broken heating in Vange home meant man missed cancer test

A MAN was unable to undergo a hospital test for cancer because he had no heating for a month and his home was too cold to go back to.

Jason Curtis, 43, and his partner, Anna Ricci, 46, of Oldwyk, Vange, suffered because the heating was not fixed.

Mr Curtis had to cancel a hospital procedure to check for bowel and colon cancer because his house was too cold for him to recuperate afterwards.

He now has to wait another month to check for the disease.

He said: “It’s been hell here, it really has. Missing this hospital appointment has been on my mind, it’s such a worry.

“We were sitting here in the evening and could see our breath.

“Then we were so cold we’d go to bed, and we had four or five blankets on the bed.

“It’s been a nightmare. What if someone had kids, or it was an elderly person?”

He said engineers, who were first called on January 6, had let the couple down five times, by cancelling appointments and not coming to the property prepared to fix the problem.

Circle Housing, which manages the property, has given the couple two fan heaters until the problem is fixed, and offered to pay £5 a day for runing costs.

But Mr Curtis said they would have to fork out £25 a day to run the heaters, so had no choice but to stay cold.

Tracy White, managing director at Circle Housing South Anglia, said: “The contractor attended last Friday to address the issue and ensure the heating is working.

“We agree it is clearly unacceptable to be left without heating and have apologised directly for the inconvenience and discomfort caused.”

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6:37am Tue 18 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters?
How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters? Happy Chickie

7:02am Tue 18 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Happy Chickie wrote:
How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters?
Two x 3kw fan heaters is 6 kw/hour. At the top tariff for electric of about 17p/kwh is a pound an hour. 24 hours in a day. He is about right with £25/day.
[quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters?[/p][/quote]Two x 3kw fan heaters is 6 kw/hour. At the top tariff for electric of about 17p/kwh is a pound an hour. 24 hours in a day. He is about right with £25/day. Nebs

7:38am Tue 18 Feb 14

Happy Chickie says...

Nebs wrote:
Happy Chickie wrote:
How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters?
Two x 3kw fan heaters is 6 kw/hour. At the top tariff for electric of about 17p/kwh is a pound an hour. 24 hours in a day. He is about right with £25/day.
It hasn't been cold enough for heat to run 24 hours a day. I still don't believe that 2 pokey heaters could cost 25£ a day.
[quote][p][bold]Nebs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Happy Chickie[/bold] wrote: How does it cost 25 pounds a day to use these little heaters?[/p][/quote]Two x 3kw fan heaters is 6 kw/hour. At the top tariff for electric of about 17p/kwh is a pound an hour. 24 hours in a day. He is about right with £25/day.[/p][/quote]It hasn't been cold enough for heat to run 24 hours a day. I still don't believe that 2 pokey heaters could cost 25£ a day. Happy Chickie

8:57am Tue 18 Feb 14

basguy68 says...

I would of gone to do the test, even light some candles in the room, that warms the room, i have a halogon heater,they warm the room in no time wont need it on for 24 hours a day
I would of gone to do the test, even light some candles in the room, that warms the room, i have a halogon heater,they warm the room in no time wont need it on for 24 hours a day basguy68

11:03am Tue 18 Feb 14

I-say-you-say says...

I'm sorry but there is no way, regardless of how cold it is in my house, that I would miss a test for cancer!

I would have got the test, gone home and wrapped myself up as warm as possible and recuperate in a toasty warm bed!

Would he have missed his apppointment if the repair was down to him not a housing association and he had no one to "blame"? I don't think so!
I'm sorry but there is no way, regardless of how cold it is in my house, that I would miss a test for cancer! I would have got the test, gone home and wrapped myself up as warm as possible and recuperate in a toasty warm bed! Would he have missed his apppointment if the repair was down to him not a housing association and he had no one to "blame"? I don't think so! I-say-you-say

11:45am Tue 18 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

even under the magnifying glass i couldn't find anything newsworthy here
even under the magnifying glass i couldn't find anything newsworthy here profondo asbo

11:48am Tue 18 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Sell the guitar and get a job..
Sell the guitar and get a job.. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat

4:23pm Tue 18 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Read it - no heating for a month. that would have been cold and they have no excuse for that. Why did he not contact councillor, Mp etc ? that is what they are there for , to give a give up the whatsit and get jobs done.
Read it - no heating for a month. that would have been cold and they have no excuse for that. Why did he not contact councillor, Mp etc ? that is what they are there for , to give a give up the whatsit and get jobs done. jolllyboy

7:00pm Tue 18 Feb 14

whataday says...

Very foolish not to have gone to hospital for this test and blaming lack of heating. If it was for a colonoscopy he would have just needed somebody else to take him home and to sleep off the effects of the procedure.
Very foolish not to have gone to hospital for this test and blaming lack of heating. If it was for a colonoscopy he would have just needed somebody else to take him home and to sleep off the effects of the procedure. whataday

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