"Excellent care in ICU & Ward 16"
About: The Royal Victoria Infirmary The Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4LP
Posted by J Cowan
My husband was admitted for neurosurgery last week. The surgery went well and the aftercare in ICU was fantastic. All of the nurses were very reassuring towards me after what had been a very long day and they were very approachable. My husband recovered so well after surgery that he bypassed the planned stay on HDU and went straight to ward 16, where again the nurses there were lovely.
The only thing I would say that could be improved upon would be the admission process on Ward 17. We had to be there from 8am (we arrived at 7.30) and he wasnt taken to theatre until 1.45. It was a long morning baring in mind that he had been nil by mouth since the night before. I had to ask a nurse what was happening but the nurse couldn't give me any information. The anesthetist came round early on but my husband didn't see the surgeon until 5 minutes before being taken to theatre. He didn't know what was going to happen re the procedure because at the pre op a few weeks prior the surgeon had been called away and assurances were given that he could ask questions on the morning of admission. Consequently he was very nervous (understandably) about the procedure whilst waiting on the ward. He hadn't even seen the surgeon or signed the consent form when the nurse came with his gown and told him to get ready, theatre was ready for him!
Parking - £14 for a day. How can you justify this when its only £3 for up to 13 hrs and £6 for 12-24 hours at another hospital I had to attend last week? My husband was in hospital for 2.5 days, I feel for families who have loved ones in for long term care.