"Malaria Scare 30.09.14"

About: Ipswich Hospital

i work on a 28 days on and 28 days at home in Oil and Gas logistics in Tanzania. I arrived back in the UK on Fri 26th Sep for my month off. Although no usually an ill person by the Monday 29th I had started to get bad case of the runs. By Tuesday Morning my joints and back were aching as well as a raised temperature. Knowing quite a lot about Malaria I knew these were early symptoms as I see Malaria case daily in Tanzania and have had it before. My wife insisted on me going to the GP for a referral which I did and was referred to Brantham ward at approximately 1800hrs. Foolishly I though that my blood would be taken immediately as I had already explained to the nurse taking notes how quickly Cerebral Malaria can kill someone. However not until 2020hrs did 2 lady nurses come to take 5 different syringes of my blood. My wife was talking to the 2 ladies who explained they had just started shift and would not finish until the morning, they were going to deliver the bloods to the clinic for testing. The Junior Doctor gave me a thorough examination although from questions and his examination Ebola was what he was looking for. I did explain to several doctors, nurses and the Postman that I work in Tanzania which is East Africa and over 4500miles from the nearest Ebola case. During the entire evening I was given a single cup (plastic and very small) of coffee, no water, juice or any other form of hydration, even though both Malaria and Ebola cures require extreme forms of hydration. The Junior Doctor told my wife and I that he would be happy for me to go home should the Malaria test be negative. However the notes he wrote forced the ward nurses to start preparations for admittance?? By 2200hrs I was starting to get a little fed up, no food, no water, no feedback. Eventually the night doctor turned up and mad a phone call to the bloods clinic, which was difficult for me not to overhear. You could not write it but the bloods had no been handed in to the clinic for testing. On questioning the doctor she said the 2 nurses who originally took my blood were now off shift. My wife and I knew this was not true, read earlier about the conversation. Anyway at 2230hrs they took a second set of samples and sent them to the clinic. About 45mins later the results came back as negative for Malaria. At this time my mouth was so dry and I was hungry I refused admittance against the advice of the doctor and discharged myself. Well some top tips for the NHS from a very experienced person in Malaria cases. Due to threat of Cerebral Malaria should someone come to any NHS establishment with Malaria symptoms, take bloods as a priority and have them tested. I have personally watched one of my employees walk into a clinic in Tanzania for a test and be dead 4 hours later. I am appalled with the lack of knowledge and drive to get me sorted and find out whether I was negative or positive for Malaria

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Response from Ipswich Hospital

I am so sorry you had such a poor experience in the hospital. I will make sure that all of your comments are seen and discussed by the clinical teams involved in your care. Nick Hulme, Chief Executive

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