"Still no diagnosis for my son"

About: Grantham & District Hospital / Accident and emergency Lincoln County Hospital / Accident and emergency

(as a parent/guardian),

My son was admitted to Grantham A&E in early August with pain in right side of abdomen. Drs who he was seen by said it looked like it was his appendix. He was admitted to Lincoln via ambulance and pain relief given as his pain subsided, then kept him over night and discharged in the morning. They said it was a grumbling appendix. At grantham they did a blood test and said his white blood count was high, at Lincoln they said his blood was fine.

He since has two other episodes, which we were able to control with over the counter pain relief.

Then the last encounter in early September, we had to call an ambulance as he was racked in pain being sick. Morphine was given for pain, then he was taken to Lincoln A&E. When we arrived, my son was in pain. They gave pain killers and took blood. After a while, as his pain once again went, they came back and said his white blood cells where raised and gave him intravenous antibiotics. He was still being sick with the pain. A Dr in A&E said that as my son's pain has started to go that he was not sure it was appendix and he was gong to discharge him back to out GP, for a scan to ensure it was appendix. So we are in a hospital, but they would not give him a scan? The Dr said he would discharge him with liquid morphine, then we were told they were moving him to the surgical assessment unit for a scan and because he white blood cells where raised.

We were then seen by the dr and waited for surgeon. No scan given. The surgeon came, discharged him and said it was not his appendix. So we had a surgeon at Grantham saying appendix, one at Lincoln saying it was not, people on A&E saying he had an infection, then being told on the surgical ward he didn't. I am really disappointed with my son's care it seems that no one knows what is wrong with him and he is given medication to mask the problem.

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Response from Sharon Kidd, Patient Experience and Engagement Manager, Patient Experience, United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Kazzia1

Can I please ask if you could contact our PALS team at Lincoln as we want to investigate all the issues you have raised and assist in a speedy resolution. The team can be contacted on 01522 707071 or by email PALS@ulh.nhs.uk

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