"care after a sterilisation"

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i was admitted on mon 4th november 2013 afew days ago for a laparoscopic sterilisation...i went i the hospital for 11.30 which was my time on letter...i was told not to eat or drink anything after 6.00a.m...however i didn.t have my operation till 4.30pm in the afternoon..i know it's normal to not eat or drink before an operation but i was told before hand 6 hours before operation is long enough to go without drink/food etc...i think this is where my problems began...after coming out of the theatre i went back to recovery ward then woke up in ward where i had extremely dry mouth and couldn't even swallow toast i was that dry...i had loads to drink at this point but was very dehydrated...even the nurses said i should have had a drip because i looked so dry etc on my lips...i had to stay in treatment centre till i could pass water but unfortunately i still couldn't even after drinking lots... i have to mention at this point that the nurses were very good on the ward as i was the only patient left...everyone else had gone home and they were very patient...but said they couldn't let me go till i had passed water....by 8.oopm i still hadn;t so they said i could go but had to return to hospital by 12.midnight if i still couldn't pass any water...i returned home but was upset at having to stay up till i could pass any water...i did finally but at 11.00pm...i went to bed finally but only after passing a small amout and was taking frequent trips to toilet all night cos i had alot of discomfort...i think alot of this could of been avoided if the surgeon etc had put a drip in me in the first place...i still feel extremely tired now even though its only 5 days ago i think my recovery would of been abit quicker....i'd like to thank the nurses on the ward that day for reassuring me etc when i was in discomfort and giving me pain relief....i still feel i need to keep drinking alot now...

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Response from Leighton Hospital

Thank you for your feedback, this is always welcome as it helps us to improve our services within the department. Patients that are for surgery in the afternoon are normally told to have a light breakfast before 7am, as the theatre lists start at 1pm and it is possible that they could have their surgery any time after that. I am sorry that you were not given this information and that you came back from theatre dehydrated. We will review the information we provide to our patients who are scheduled for afternoon surgery. Please accept my sincere apologies for the discomfort you experienced. I will pass on your thanks to the nurses looking after you on the ward that day. Once again thank you for your feedback and I am glad to note that your overall experience was good. Regards Dawn Clark, Department Lead, Treatment Centre

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