"Pain relief for Biopsy "

About: Wishaw General Hospital / X-rays and Scans

(as the patient),

Second biopsy under local anaesthetic 8 days after first as more samples required. Was still very bruised and sore from first biopsy, yet it seems about half the pain relief which could have been used was actually given in the first instance. When it became evident after the first sample was taken that I found the procedure very painful, more pain relief was given. Unfortunately, taking the third sample caused extreme pain. Clearly insufficient pain relief had been given for a procedure on an already very bruised area. Major muscle has been affected - and nerve pain was severe until a chiropractor managed to sort out the pain emanating from the clavicle affecting all areas above and below that. Two months later the local sensitivity is only just beginning to recede. The actual operation subsequently was a breeze by comparison and I barely needed the follow-up pain relief given after that. It would have been better given after biopsy. Had to ask for some pills before I could drive home afterwards.

Improvements would be advance warning that a procedure might be required, appropriate and adequate pain relief, accurate follow up information and a warning that someone to take me home would be desirable

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Response from Marion Mark, Director of Hospital Services, Wishaw General Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Happy Person Bellshill

I am extremely sorry to hear of you ordeal and the pain you have suffered this should never happen.

If you would care to contact Yvonne Ross our Patient Affairs Manager with your details I would be happy to investigate this matter or arrange for you to meet with the relevant staff to allow them to hear the suffering you have experienced through our failure to manage your pain.

Please be reassured this matter will be discussed with the staff in the unit to ensure patients are given adequate pain relief.

We will also take on board your comments about advanced “warning” to improve our patient information leaflets.

I am pleased your surgery went well.

Best Wishes


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