"Very caring staff"

About: Royal Alexandra Hospital / General Medicine

(as a parent/guardian),

My daughter needed bloods taken. She has a terrible needle phobia, only 16. First time out of paediatrics and the nurses got her spray to numb the area before taking blood. Very caring. Special thanks to Dimitri who was the best at taking blood. They also promised to stock the local anaesthetic spray in future. They went the extra mile and made a stressful situation much easier.

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Response from Lorna Gray, Patient Experience, Public Involvement Project Manager, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Dear Eliz A,

Thank you very much for taking the time to tell us about your daughter's recent experience. I know that sometimes the transition from paediatric to adult services can be quite daunting, therefore it is fantastic to hear that this was taken into consideration by the nurses who looked after her on this occasion.

I would like to pass on your comments to the team involved, and so would appreciate if you could let me know what department your daughter attended (for example, the Emergency Department or a certain clinic). You can do this either through this site or by contacting me directly on lorna.gray@ggc.scot.nhs.uk.

Thanks again for your kind comments,

Best Wishes,


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Update posted by Eliz A (a parent/guardian)

Hi Lorna, it was a gastroenterology outpatient clinic at the RAH, Paisley last Friday morning.

After a bad experience as a younger child, my daughter has a needle phobia. This was acknowledged and not skimmed over. They listened and the procedure was done efficiently.