"My experience at Wishaw General Hospital"

About: Wishaw General Hospital / Emergency department Wishaw General Hospital / General Medicine Wishaw General Hospital / General Surgery

(as the patient),

In early February my doctor sent myself to the Medical Assessment at Wishaw General Hospital with abdominal pain, suspected racked stomach. At 15: 00 I was seen by Dr McGuiness and when he examined me, he informed me that he would have to get in touch with surgical. I was also put on a drip as I was badly dehydrated. I was examined by Dr Fraser the surgeon, who requested a x-ray as he suspected a ruptured bowel or possible appendix. After my x-ray it was found I had ruptured my bowel and had diverticulitis. I was examined by consultant Mr Pareck who requested a CT Scan and more fluids to be introduced. After the CT Scan it confirmed I had ruptured my bowel and I had diverticulitis. I was informed by Mr Pareck that I would have part of my bowel removed (Hartmans) and when I wake up I will have a stoma, which would be reversed later after everything had healed. After the surgery I was admitted to the ACCU (Adult Critical Care Unit) for 5 days and then ward 18 and on the 8 days after admission I was discharged.

I owe miy life to Dr McGuiness, Dr Fraser and Mr Pareck.

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Response from Marion Mark, Director of Hospital Services, Wishaw General Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Tom A

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments you have obviously been extremely ill. I am pleased that you were assessed, treated and discharge promptly after attending our Acute Emergency Assessment Unit. Staff will be pleased to hear of your progress. Must have been an anxious time for you and your family.

I will pass your posting onto our staff they will be delighted to hear from you.

Hope you are keeping well.

Best Wishes

Marion

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Update posted by Tom A (the patient)

Marion

Thank you for taking the time and replying to my story, I am delighted you will pass my thanks to all the staff.

Also for your information, I have sent the story to the Daily Record as I am so disappointed that all they print is negative story's, let's see if they take the time and print a positive story for a change.

Thanks

Tom A

Response from Marion Mark, Director of Hospital Services, Wishaw General Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Tom A

Thank you for your support, that is a lovely gesture. Let's hope we do get some positive press in the future. It would be good for staff morale.

Take Care

Marion

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Update posted by Tom A (the patient)

Dear Marion

Just to up date you, finally got a reply back from the Daily Record and no positive story to be printed, I have attached a copy of their reply for you:-

From: david.mccann@trinitymirror.com [david.mccann@trinitymirror.com] on behalf of reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk [reporters@dailyrecord.co.uk]

Sent: 09 April 2015 18:52

To:

Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: Hospital Surgery Cancellations

Hi

Thanks for telling us your story. Often we report on things that go wrong in hospitals because, for the most part, they are rare and unusual.

It also holds powerwielders to account and works to ensure malpractice and medical errors are not repeated.

I'm pleased you are on the mend and were treated so well at Wishaw. Thankfully, this is most often the case.

Best wishes,

David

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As you can see Marion positive story no sell papers.

Tom A

Response from Marion Mark, Director of Hospital Services, Wishaw General Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Tom A

You are determinately correct these types of good news stories do not get printed as they do not sell papers but thank you for trying.

I wish you well

Marion

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