"Recent coronary artery bypass graft surgery"
About: Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester M23 9LT
My 78 year old father was transferred to UHSM from our local hospital following an angiogram for a coronary artery bypass graft. As he had only recently been complaining of some indigestion and slight breathlessness when going up hill we were extremely shocked and frightened that he urgently needed heart surgery but everyone we met as he completed his journey took the time to explain what was happening and what would happen next which we found very reassuring. We were also confident that he had been extremely well assessed prior to surgery and that the whole process was well planned and executed. He did spend an extra night in CTCCU due to his age and his reluctance to wake up but we really appreciated the extra care he received. We would sincerely like to thank the consultant and his team, the staff on CTCCU and the staff on Ward F6 for their care and for mending our much loved husband, father and Grandad. I would however,like to draw the Trust's attention to the difficulties I had regarding taking my father home. I had to leave him in a wheelchair parked outside the main entrance, wrapped in both our coats, while I ran to get my car out of the car park and bring it as near to the entrance as I could without getting in the way of ambulances, then run back to get him. It seems wrong that after looking after someone so well the care stops as soon as you leave the ward and not when you leave the hospital. Would a pick up zone and a warm waiting area with a couple of porters be so expensive when it would make such a difference as the last impression on leaving the hospital?