"Admitted for 2nd time within a week"

About: St Helier Hospital / Cardiology

(as the patient),

After being admitted a week ago &discharged the next day I was yet again blue lighted into hospital a few days later due to experiencing palpitations, feeling my heart was racing, pain/tightness in chest & arm.

On arrival I was taken into resus yet again. My heart rate was in over 120bpm. The doctor managed to get a cannula in first time-very unusual for my veins! I was given a bag of fluids, then a bag of fluids with potassium in as my potassium was low plus I was given some magnesium.

The doctor phoned St Georges and was told to give me adenosine again, so yet again 2 lots of adenosine. I was told I was being admitted to AMU under the medics again, so off up to the ward I was taken. I was seen by a doctor then by a cardiologist who wanted to keep me in as some of my markers were up.

On the Sunday a doctor came round again to take some blood but failed due to my poor veins, she said she was going to give me a rest and come back later. My stomach started hurting(due to a medical condition) but noticed the painkillers I take at home weren't written up on my drug chart.. why?

I was then told I was being moved to Mary Moore ward. Got onto Mary Moore. I asked the nurses to bleep the doctor because I wanted to go home and the reason I wanted to go home was basically because

1. I was feeling a tad better than I was when I came in and

2. Because I wasn't written up for any painkillers & had a bottle of oramorph at home(which I usually take for my stomach).

I was told that the SHO that was on didn't want me to go home but one of the nurses said it could be hours if not then on Monday morning before any doctor would come up. I spoke to the doctor on the phone and yet again he really didn't want me going home but I did explain how I was feeling and about my stomach problem& I wasn't written up for any oramorph. In the end I ended up signing a 'self discharge form' due to the fact I wasn't written up for oramorph which is what I take at home.

Not very happy after I spoke to the medics and was asked what medication I usually take at home, I was written up for everything else that I usually take at home apart from the painkillers. Can't fault the cardiologist who I saw for the 2nd time in a week and the staff on Mary Moore who advised I should stay.

I felt much better after I'd arrived home & taken the oramorph for my stomach pain.

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Response from Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you for your feedback. We are glad you could not find fault with the cardiologist you saw. It is the admitting doctor's responsibility for prescribing medications as brought in by the patient as well as starting any new treatment.

If the doctor did not prescribe the Oramorph this must have been a clinical decision, and you should have been informed and it is wrong that you were not. We apologise for this.

We are glad you are feeling much better now. All patient responses are shared with relevant staff members.

Dr James Marsh

Joint Medical Director

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