"Brief hospital stay, 26-27 October 2015"
About: University Hospital Of North Durham University Hospital Of North Durham Durham DH1 5TW
Posted by Brian Crosby
I was admitted as an emergency on Tuesday, 26 October, as I was suffering from chest pains. My progress at A&E was with a whole variety of tests conducted; and it was decided to keep me in overnight in order to continue monitoring my position, though it was some hours before I left the acute monitoring area of A&E for Ward 3 (bed 17).
The tests were repeated more than once during the night. As I had developed a urinary tract infection - a doctor explained to me took the opportunity during the night to explain what was meant by atrial fibrillation. This anticipated a visit by the Consultant later in the day. They explained that to reduce the chances of clotting my blood should be thinned - and that there was more than one way of doing this. I said I was not impressed by some of the things I had heard about warfarin, and said that they proposed putting me Ib..., and they pointed out to me its advantages. I expressed myself willing to follow their advice
Then after some more monitoring, during which the heart slow down a little, I was released home about 5 pm.,
I wish to say that I consider that I received excellent treatment, also that I was kept fully informed about what was happening or proposed, and I was continually afforded the opportunity to ask questions.
I wish to add that I was impressed by the attitude of the staff. Though they were run off their feet they always cheerful -and nothing was too trouble. Offering microwave a meal for me when
I was still in A&Ewas surely an extra!
Finally, whilst I would prefer not being a patient again, at least I know something about the complex organisation called a hospital.