"AAA repair operation"

About: Salisbury District Hospital

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I was given very good treatment in Salisbury when I had a AAA repair operation, however there was one exception. The surgeon ripped off the adhesive wound dressing causing a large area of skin to be torn off which made me wince to say the least, leaving further areas prone to infection. Incidentally I did contract post op MRSA in the op wound, which was dealt promptly by my local surgery. On my post op consultation I challenged him about this and showed him a post hospital photograph he shrugged it off saying whether he removed the dressing slowly or fast it would still hurt. My point is it may hurt taken off slowly but it would remove less or no skin if done carefully and not cause further injury that could get infected. My sister is a nurse and says this sort of reaction from a surgeon is not uncommon, I suggest they should have some training about this attitude that is doesn't matter and they should avoid further unnecessary injury.

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Response from Salisbury District Hospital

Thank you for comment and we are pleased that you were given very good treatment in Salisbury. We are sorry, however, that you were unhappy about the way in which the dressing was removed and also the response from a member of our staff. We will ensure that your comment is shared with the team so that they are fully aware of all the issues you have raised here. In the meantime, we wish you well with your recovery and thank you again for your comment.

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