About: Queen's Hospital (Romford) Queen's Hospital (Romford) Romford RM7 0AG
Posted by Rosie Appleyard (as ),
I had breast surgery (lumpectomy) 3 yrs ago. I had to go to Victoria Hospital first to have a wire inserted into my breast to locate the lump, then to Queens for surgery. I had a wristband put on to alert theatre staff that I was allergic to micropore/mepore tape. Several hours after my op I was burning up and covered in a rash; my face, throat, tongue, eyelids and lips were swollen and my throat felt as if it was closing up.
Fortunately a nurse detected that my dressings were mepore resulting in my having anaphylactic shock. I was quite poorly for several hours. When I went back to the consultant I was told that the wire was either in the wrong place or had moved during my journey from Victoria to Queens and they had failed to remove the lump. I had to go back 4 months later and the lump was satisfactorily removed. During this stay I had to remain on the recovery ward for 2 days as no beds. They brought coffee and toast around 7 am then nothing else for us to eat all day. I had to get my husband to bring me in a sandwich at 7. 30 pm. I asked why no food or drink and was told it was because it's not catered for on recovery as people usually too ill to eat.