"Eye casualty dept."
About: Royal Hallamshire Hospital Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield S10 2JF
In 1998 I had two operations on my right eye to try to correct a badly detached retina. Unfortunately, they were largely unsuccessful, leaving me with little central vision in that eye. One Monday evening in June this year while watching television I suddenly lost all vision in my left eye, leaving me virtually blind, which lasted for a couple of minutes before returning to normal. I visited the Eye casualty dept the following morning, Tueday, and was seen promptly. The nurse practitioner diagnosed either a transitory stroke event affecting my eye, or a severe migraine, with the probablility being the latter. The diagnosis was confirmed by a doctor, but as a precaution they referred me to the stroke unit, and said I would be called for tests very soon. In fact I was called the following morning, Wednesday, and given an appointment for the following day, Thursday at 8.30a.m. I arrived promptly for my appointment, and in quick succession was given a Cat scan, ECG, Ultrasound scan, and blood test. Finally I was seen by a nurse practitioner who went through the results and diagnosed a migraine attack, all the results being clear. Having arrived at 8.30 a.m., I left the hospital, fully tested and reassured before 11 a.m. I would like to thank the RHH for the excellent and prompt service they gave, and the members of staff of all departments involved, who treated me with unfailing sympathy (I suffer from quite severe 'white coat syndrome'), kindness and good humour.