"Top quality surgery and post-op care"

About: Hull Royal Infirmary

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I was diagnosed with a large brain tumour in September 2011 however it was evident that it had been there for several years beforehand and I was given the choice of surgery or regular follow-up MRIs to track any changes. Fast forward 2 years and my latest scan had revealed movement and growth in the tumour. Again I was given the choice by my neurosurgeon to either continue to monitor the tumour or go for surgery, I opted for the latter. Throughout all my consultations over the past 2 years the quality of advice and support has never been less than 100%. My surgeon kept me informed and was highly professional at all times. When I was admitted last week for my op I was obviously nervous but the nurses and staff on Ward 4 and 40 were fantastic. The operation cleared almost 99% of the tumour leaving only some small sections where it would have caused unnecessary risk to my life to try and remove it. Post-op care was top notch and I would to thank each and every nurse, nurse practitioner, physio, cleaner, surgeon and anyone else involved in my recovery. I was never really in any pain thanks to a well-managed combination of pain-killers and was home within 4 days. My follow-up care will continue for several years with MRI scans planned in the future to track any changes but I have confidence that, if things do take a turn for the worse, the staff at Hull Royal infirmary will be able to deal with it capably and professionally. Nick

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Dear Nick Thank you taking the time to share your experience. I will ensure that you comments are passed to the Neurosurgery team. If you would like to become more involved in decisions about local healthcare, we are recruiting members. By becoming a member you receive our quarterly newsletter, find out more about your local NHS and help us improve local services. You can also attend our ‘medicine for members’ sessions and respond to questionnaires. You don’t need any special skills or experience to become a member; you just need an interest in local health services. There is no commitment, you can get involved as much or as little as you choose. For more information please either email your.nhs@hey.nhs.uk or telephone the Corporate Affairs office on (01482) 675165. If you need to discuss our services further, please do not hesitate to contact our Patient Advice & Liaison Service on (01482) 623065 or email on pals@hey.nhs.uk as we are always striving to improve our patients experience. Thank you once again for taking the time to provide us with your views on local NHS services. Kind regards, Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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