"Myover Scan Experience"

About: Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital

Having been referred to the cardiology dept. by my G.P, as had had some chest pains, I was addmitted overnight with a suspected pulmonary embolism. The docter that i saw was concerned about my very fast pulse. Following an x-ray no pulmonary embolism was detected. The care I received was excellent. I was then asked to attend the Medical Physics Department for a myover scan. A nurse explained to me about what the procedure would entail, my blood presure and pulse was taken (manually) and I when i questioned the result I was met with " well I have done it twice, so it must be right" After attending my G.P's four nearly 4 months and taking my B.P and pulse every day, I beleive that the result of this test was wrong. I was informed that the second part of the scan involved me using a treadmill. As I have severe arthritis in one knee I told the nurse that I would find it very difficult to use a treadmill, my GP had already informed the dept. of this. The nurse said the test could not go ahead then, unless she could speak to the doctor about this.The alternative is a chemical injection to put my heart under stress, which I what I thought was to happen. The first part of the scan was carried out ok and i returned to the dept. 4 days later for the second part of the scan. A cannula was put in my hand and I was hooked up to the machines ready for the injection. Before this was administered the cannula was flushed out and within a few minutes I started to fell really quite unwell. I became very hot and light headed. The responce of this same nurse was to say she hadn't given me the injection that would have put my heart under stress, but I was displaying all the symptoms that would have been expected if I had received it. She kept repeating the same thing over and over until I said " will you please stop saying the same thing, I am telling you I fell unwell" I don't think it even occured to her that I might be having a reaction to the cannula flush. She asked me if I wanted to go ahead with the test which involved the said injection, but as I was still feeling unwell and I didn't want the test to be abandoned a nurse that was conducting the monitor on my test suggested moving my good leg and my free arm up and down, to raise my heartrate. That seemed to do the trick. The whole experience would have been easier if this one particular nurse hadn't been so patronising and had actually listened.

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Response from Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital

Thank you for your feedback, I'm sorry to hear your experience wasn't entirely positive. Please could I ask you to contact our patient advice and liaison team so they can take some more details from you and then feedback to the department? They are contactable on nlg-tr.pals@nhs.net or 01472 875403. Kind regards, Sarah Mainprize