"Operation for carpel tunnel syndrome"

About: Northern General Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I arrived at the Northern General Hospital theatre admissions at 7.00am on the day of my appointment as I had an operation for carpel tunnel syndrome. I registered my attendance and sat waiting to be taken to the theatre admissions unit. I felt that staff there were lovely and the room was lit by natural light and we agreed that the lights remain off. I thought that it then felt more relaxing and less clinical. It was rather boring sitting and waiting for my operation. The theatre staff calmed me down and were very friendly. Before discharge I was given a drink and some toast which was very nice. However, my main observation throughout was no other patient or visitor that I saw used the hand cleansing gel. A suggestion could be dispensers should be placed at the entrance to theatre admissions. Maybe the support worker who escorts you to theatre admissions unit could ask and encourage you to use it. Theatre staff going in and out of it did regularly use the gel.

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