"felt like a piece of meat"
About: Hexham General Hospital Hexham General Hospital Hexham NE46 1QJ
A recent visit to day surgery left me shocked. My sigmoidescopy procedure was done by a trainee supervised by a consultant (I was given no choice) Apart from filling in consent form with trainee neither spoke to me throughout procedure, indeed I never even saw consultants face as he was bent over computer when I went in with his back to me. The nurse was lovely and tried to reassure me but I became more frightened when she pointed out my very high blood pressure to doctors who ignored her. I asked nurse about sedation but she said it wasn't given with this procedure (even though literature said it was available). I have had this procedure before by a nurse practitioner who was lovely explained what was happening even asked if I would like to watch screen with her and a totally different experience. It was quite ironic to be back in reception area and read a number of wall posters about the importance of patient dignity etc. Perhaps some consultants and doctors should read these and reflect on their 'bedside manner' or lack of it.