"Ward G5 Orthopaedic Elective Surgery"

About: Royal Bolton Hospital

Admitted on the 21st of December for a Knee Arthroscopy. After an initial cock up by admissions telling me to report to G3 at 1130 on the 21st i got a phone call by the Staff Nurse on G5 to ask if i was still coming in for surgery. Luckily i had followed my Nill by mouth instructions and had started fasting at midnight. I got their as quickly as i could. Was admitted into a sideward straight away and the Staff Nurse booked me in, did my obs and asked me what id like off the menu for my tea later on. The Anaethetist came round to discuss my options and allergies and put me at ease by telling me i would be having a General anesthetic not a spinal block which i didnt want. Didn't see the consultant but his registrar came to see me to discuss what was going to happen and answered all of the questions i wanted to ask. Short visit by the Physiotherapist who gave me a list of exercises for when i was discharged and a appointment for physiotherapy as an outpatient. 1600 came round and i was escorted to Theatre by one of the ODP's who was very pleasant and kept me talking to calm my nerves. 1800 Woke up in recovery and felt wonderful (no pain) and then escorted back to the ward. 1900 After sleeping for a while and after my post op obs i was asked if i was ready for a drink and my tea. Lovely sandwich and a cracking brew. And was asked when im ready try to get moving a bit and see if i could go to the toilet. Manged the toilet and got myself dressed in anticipation for discharge. 2000 discharged with my take home drugs and given a estimate of my Outpatient appointment with the consultant. Overall a very pleasant experience. Wonderful Nursing Staff on G5, Theatre Staff and my Consultant who has finally made my knee feel just like the other knee.

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Response from Royal Bolton Hospital

Describing a knee arthroscopy and stay in hospital as "a very pleasant experience" will be very reassuring to others, so thank you for posting this. It is good to know that overall things went well. We will pass on your kind comments to the staff concerned.

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