"The doctors and nurses at East Surrey Hospital..."
About: East Surrey Hospital East Surrey Hospital Redhill RH1 5RH
Posted by Paul Hutchison
I was urgently admitted to East Surrey Hospital recently via ambulance after being found collapsed at home. I was ill with confusion, dehydration and diarrhoea. I was unaware of the first day of my admission but according to my family I was rapidly assessed and treated in the Resuscitation Department of A&E. I was critically ill, which was extremely traumatic for my family. They felt I was treated exceptionally well by the nurses and doctors and were kept informed at all times. I was moved to HDU but deteriorated so required a bed on ICU. I recall becoming aware I was in ICU with all the various lines and tubes being an experience I won't forget. My anxiety was quickly relieved by my exceptional nurse, who was compassionate, caring and reassuring. I was orientated and explained why I was where I was. She made my first 2 days as comfortable for me and my family as possible. The whole department feels overwhelming yet the staff went to every effort to reassure and explain things. Despite feeling ill and uncomfortable I felt that I was in safe hands and this was so important for keeping my morale up. It was also important for my family, who felt as reassured as possible about what was wrong and the treatment I was receiving. I was in the department for 5 days. I also have all the other nurses and of course the doctors to thank for saving my life, and making my stay as comfortable as possible. I was transferred to Tandridge Ward for 2 days where I had a pleasant private room to recover until I was well enough to be discharged home. I was very impressed to be visited by an ICU outreach nurse after my transfer who gave me a chance to talk about my stay on ICU and the transfer to a ward, which is a huge difference in intensity of care and the change can be difficult to adapt. The staff on Tandridge ward all worked well together and I was as comfortable as possible. They were friendly and available, but I was largely left on my own to recover, which I needed. The food and menu choices were not to my taste, however my appetite was not great, but this if I had one area for improvement would be the one I recommend. I was discharged following a review by the Consultant Physician and her team, which was a very clear and professional discussion. I was discharged with a clear summary of my diagnosis and treatment along with my medication and this happened very quickly and I was impressed as this process can often take time. I remain physically weak but I am making a good recovery. What could have been a far more unpleasant and traumatic experience I believe was down to the professional and compassionate staff who treated my medical problem and myself as an individual. In summary, the excellent staff at this hospital saved my life. I found the staff to be friendly, caring, professional and I am extremely grateful. Myself and my family thank all the staff in Resuscitation, ICU and Tandridge Ward.