"Kings College: Never again!"
About: King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill) London SE5 9RS
Posted by Robin Sadler
I was referred to KCH by my local endocrinologist to look at lesion in adrenal gland and I now really wish he had not! After visiting KCH for my first appointment it started to become clear that the Endocrinology Dept wanted to hijack all my other on-going treatments my local hospital look after. All sorts of appointments started to arrive and most having a very short notice which is very annoying as I am wheelchair bound and rely on my partner for transportation especially as I live over 60 miles away from KCH. I have on many occasions tried to explain to the consultants, nurses and appointment staff that its not easy for people to get time off work especially just having a few days notice. This continues to happen, for example I received an appointment in the post on Thursday 2nd April 2015 (Easter weekend: holidays Friday and Monday) for Wednesday 8th April and Thursday 9th April and there is no way my family can get time off in that short notice. I was booked in for an adrenalectomy on the 18th February 2015 and again I really wish I had not decided to have the surgery, I had already said I did not want it done at KCH once but was persuaded into having it done by two of the consultants. On arrival to the Unit/ward my medication was taken from me, one of my medications is a long lasting morphine tablet which I have been on for several years and only just increased the dose two days earlier. I was told as they do not prescribe it I was not allowed it this was alarming as I have been informed I must come off this medication slowly and monitored. Three days later I was told I was being given a substitute which in fact tuned out to be a medication I had tried a few years ago and it made me extremely ill but all the staff ignored me. I awoke from the operation and no-one wanted to tell me why I had large burn like blisters on the opposite side to the wounds which were totally untreated and have now scarred. For twenty four hours after the operation I was in such pain with my legs (separate problem) as I was not having my morphine based tablets I was so uncomfortable but no one tried to help, twenty four hours later my partner had me out of bed and much more comfortable within minutes. It appeared that 6 or 7 folded blankets were propping me up, not even pillows. My questions and queries were totally ignored by all and the consultants appeared to let all I was saying go in one ear and out of the other including a conversation about appointment times etc. The floor was never washed while I was there even with a big dirty mark next to the sink the floor was lightly swept up the middle once. Post op care not very good, I missed so many other of my tablets as they never gave them to me. Quite honestly the whole saga was a shambles and degrading. Food was dreadful, lifts not working, parking impossible, signage poor the list could go on but space here limited. I have now cancelled all other appointments with KCH and will never return!