"Day surgery review gallbladder removal"
About: Southmead Hospital Southmead Hospital Bristol BS10 5NB
Posted by Alice Parker-Clarke
I was admitted to L ward as a day patient to have my gallbladder removed. They intended to do this laparoscopically however as I have previously had a kidney removed they were unsure if this would be successful depending on how bad the scarring was internally. I felt the information given to me before my operation was clear and concise. The hospital was very clean and all staff recognised dignity. Whilst waiting to go into surgery I overheard another patient adjacent to me saying she had had MRSA which she claimed she had contracted during a previous stay at the same hospital. This absolutely petrified me before having the surgery. The nursing care was exemplary throughout. When I came round I was in extreme pain and was given pain relief. However, the effects of this took longer than expected to wear off and the nurses advised that I stay overnight to sleep it off. I felt that this advice and the care I received over night was excellent. During my time in recovery, whilst effected by strong opiates, a member of the surgical team came to explain the results of the surgery. But at this time I was still under the effects of anaesthesia and pain relief and couldn't clearly understand what was said. Had they visited me later, when I was more alert I would have taken in this information. As it is now I have no memory of the outcomes and I feel I had a right to know. However, the nurses did make up for this and I have made a full and speedy recovery without any aftermath or infection. Overall my stay at southmead was comfortable with excellent and caring staff and I am very grateful to them and the NHS.