"After surgery care lacking"
Posted by mh1 (as ),
After Surgery care I found lacking as I was a day case patient, in great discomfort & pain after supra umbilical hernia surgery. I felt I was hurried to leave as last patient on the day case ward however being the first operated on that day. I could hardly move due to pain in my abdomen & was told that I had to eat & go to the toilet before I could leave "Which I had to as there were no available beds at the hospital". I did tell the member of staff after going to the toilet I had to push to urinate & only a small amount. Still in great discomfort I was discharged.
The next day at home I became increasingly uncomfortable until I could hardly move & called NHS24 during the night. Resulting in the doctor coming out & fitting me with a catheter. I was readmitted to hospital the following morning for exploratory surgery and admitted to ward with an impacted colon due to shock of the initial surgery which resulted in a weeks stay in wards 4a & c before I could finally be discharged. (The care I received from the nursing staff on these wards was exemplary)
On discharge I expected from what I was told by my consultant to be readmitted to have an exploratory endoscopy in 3 weeks time & a follow up post operative appointment in 4 weeks. I have not been given appointments for either of these after 5 weeks post op & am still in discomfort taking regular anti-spasmodic drugs & painkillers.
I am a self employed individual & have had to return to work for financial reasons. Had I been an employee I would still be on sick leave. I have found the consequences of this operation to have been very disabling and find that my initial care & post discharge care have been very lacking.