"My hernia operation"

About: Musgrove Park Hospital

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Hi I've been patiently waiting for a hernia operation for around a year.. Finally at the start of September I got an op date and came up to the surgical admission lounge only to sit there for 9hrs before being told that I wouldn't be having my op as the surgeon couldn't fit me in. One month on, 10th of October I finally go in for my op at the day surgery, everything goes great, nurses settle me in & then I see the anesthetist & then the surgeon who rushes through his explanation of what he's going to do & doesn't even ask me where the main problems I'm experiencing are (I.e. What side, whereabouts). . About an hr later I get changed and stroll into the anesthetist who lies me down & puts a drip in my left hand before tripping over the tube that's connected to my hand & almost ripping it out of my hand.. He then try's a further two drips in my right hand an then finally gets the one in my left to work... I then wake up after the operation back where I was before & am seen by a nurse who gives me some co-co codimal & makes sure I'm ok (no surgeon in sight) I then go home & rest for two weeks before I even leave the house.. Still to this day the most strenuous thing I've done is walk & I have hernia which will not massage back in in exactly the same place I had one before.. I've researched this on the internet & supposed strangled hernias are not to be left... Why is it that I contact this surgeons secretary & she sends me a letter offering me an appointment on the 20th of December upon receiving which my mother phones up & she immediately changes the date to the 15th of November (which still isn't soon enough) am I supposed to take 4months plus off work to get a hernia operation done??? Because that's what I've had & I'm inna worse state now than I was before... Do u have any advice for someone in my position? I'm becoming increasingly depressed & cannot afford to spend forever not working & waiting to have operations that may not even remedy my symptoms let alone take place. Many thanks

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Response from Musgrove Park Hospital

I have just read your comments and I am very sorry to read about your poor experience. Please can you contact the Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS) at Musgrove Park Hospital so that we can help you; telephone 01823 343536 or e-mail the team on PALS@tst.nhs.uk. Lucille Hoose. PALS Lead

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