"excelleny treatment by A&E for a rare condition"

About: Darent Valley Hospital

I have a rare condition called Addisons Disease.   Normally my condition is controlled by oral steroids and I live a full and healthy life.  However, I do have occasional crises which demand hospital care of a very precise and urgent nature.  As the condition is very rare, it's not unknown for A&E staff to be at a loss as to how to treat me which presents a seriosuly life threatening situation for me.  On Tuesday 7th January I went into an Addisons Crisis following a bout of severe vomiting.  My husband administered an emergency steroid injection but on the advice of my consultant at Queen Mary's, we made our way to Darent Valley A&E.  My husband was very concerned about how I would be treated and was armed with information from the ADSHG, a charity working to raise awareness of the condition.   However, the triage nurse was excellent and whether or not she had previous experience of Addisons or could see how poorly I was, she fast tracked me through to the treamtent area.  There the care continued to be exemplary - the nursing staff and consultant took every care to ensure that I was treated very quickly.   I was admitted to the CDU ward where the consultant continued to provide excellent care and attention to me.

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Response from Darent Valley Hospital

Dear Anabel Thank you for taking the time to write such a wonderful review regarding your care and treatment at Darent Valley Hospital. The staff involved in your care have all been informed and they send you their best wishes. Kind regards The Communication Team Darent Valley Hospital

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