"Terrible experience on B3"

About: Queen's Medical Centre

(as the patient),

Was feeling unwell with a violent headache after exercise. As I had already had a brain haemorrhage when I was younger, my GP figured it would be a good idea to send me to B3 assessment unit at Queens hospital Nottingham. Was put on a trolley in a cubicle, after an hour sat on a chair. I had bloods and history, taken by a really nice male nurse called Paul. After another couple of hours, saw a doctor, after 4 hours, and was told I needed a brain scan. 4 hours later was sent for my scan. By then it was after midnight and I was so tired and such a big headache, that I had to ask for painkillers. Even though we got the results and took them back to B3 with us, it was only after asking the male nurse, that the doctor finally looked at my results. After another 2 hours, nothing was detected, so was told needed lumbar puncture in the morning. I was left on trolley (which are so uncomfortable) for a total of 16 hours. Now I am not that old, so how the old people that kept being brought in coped with these trolleys I will never know. Upshot was had a lumbar puncture, eventually, by a lovely female doctor but test was left in sunlight so never got results! I had to go back a week later, after still feeling ill for another lumbar puncture. I have been left with a really sore back and if my GP said I had to go into B3 again, I would rather go into A&E.

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