"Undiagnosed gallstones and colonoscopy with no sedation"
About: Tameside General Hospital / General surgery Tameside General Hospital General surgery OL6 9RW
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This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…
Lady had classic signs of gallstones but was diagnosed as having bowel cancer (after no scan or investigation) by a consultant at Tameside Hospital. Diagnosis then changed to constipation. Several other doctors believed she had gallstones but did not want to challenge the diagnosis. She was left in severe pain for some time until at last getting a correct diagnosis and surgery. One of the unnecessary and distressing procedures ordered by the consultant was a colonoscopy. The sedation she was assured she would be given was not given and after 10 minutes of agonising discomfort she was screaming in pain and begged the nurse to stop the procedure. She had to undergo another colonoscopy a month later and in the meantime suffered post traumatic stress. The procedure was later found to have been unnecessary as she had gallstones. Her husband was advised to contact PALS but feels it would be a waste of time.