"neur surgery"

About: Derriford Hospital

I have a chiari malformation and associated syrinx. After a gradual increase in symptoms I was able to travel to Derriford to discuss options with the surgeon. All options and risks were clearly explained and after a lot of thinking I decided to go ahead. At the time I was warned of the waiting list which I accepted. I kept in contact with the hospital as the months passed and I was fast approaching the time where I was due to start studying with the OU. Suddenly I was phoned and asked to come down the next day!!! I arrived bright and early after an hour drive to cheerful nurses who did a lot to put you at ease despite how busy they were. The anaesthetist walked me to the operation rom all the way chatting like we were out for a stroll and not on my way to have brain surgery! Again while being wired up I was met with laughter and reassurance. The care I received in ITU was outstanding - even being given a sneaky chocolate which the nurses had to share. |My family were also well cared for when they visited. When moved to a ward I had my own room which was nice. Nurses were so busy I was pretty much left to myself but most nurses took the time to check I was fine. I cant complain as they are just ridiculously busy. My only complaint about my stay would be the food. I wont even mention the supposed salad I had...... 8 months on I am feeling so much better and have no migraines (I was having around 3 a week), thank you derriford.

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