"I had my gall bladder removed"

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary / General surgery

(as the patient),

Last month I went to Doncaster Royal Infirmary due to an infected gall bladder. I called the emergency surgery with intense pain. I also told them I had noticed a rash so they sent an ambulance straight away for assessment and medication. However, the pain increased and the ambulance took me to A&E. When the doctors saw me there, they decided to send me home but I insisted that the pain was too great (I had been fobbed off three years ago with paracetamol with a damaged spine only to return and be admitted to a bed with a collar and given morphine with the possibility of an operation!) So the next morning I was given an x-ray only to discover gall stones and a scan showed infectious gall bladder ( I had vomited brown blood too). After five days of antibiotics to reduce infections, I had my gall bladder removed and told I’d go home the next day which caused me a lot of stress as my children are in France and I live alone at 70 years old. I found the surgeons, anaesthetists and all the nursing staff really wonderful. They sent me to rehabilitation as I live alone and was well enough for five days after the operation to return home. I lived in France for over 25 years and the speed of treatment here surprises me but this time (my fourth operation) treatment was great because I refused to be sent home with paracetamol. Thank you NHS.

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