"Care following my stroke."
About: Aberdeen Royal Infirmary / General Internal Medicine Aberdeen Royal Infirmary General Internal Medicine AB25 2ZN Balfour Hospital / General Medicine Balfour Hospital General Medicine KW15 1BH
Posted by Panther (as ),
The care received when I was first diagnosed in Orkney was fine but I couldn't get a scan here. Aberdeen staff thought I could have had the scan here.
There was difficulty with organising the flights - the nurses were taken away from their other duties to sort my flights out. When I did get a flight there was no one to fly with me as the nurses were short staffed. My partner only had 25 minutes after being notified to get to the airport. This was all happening when I was in a state of confusion anyway. I can't imagine how an elderly person could have managed this.
The doctor her told me it was urgent I get to Aberdeen. I saw a specialist within an hour of getting to Aberdeen. There was no bed in the hospital. I had to wait several hours after the first flight to get my brain scan which confirmed I had had a stroke. It was confirmed within 15 minutes that I'd had a clot on the brain.
We then sat and waited for a few more hours to which point my partner had to go and ask what was happening to be told I had to have a different kind of scan (ultrasound of my neck). Another specialist was unaware I would be back on a flight that night as there were no beds so then everything was rushed to get this scan done. We were basically given the results as we were walking to the bus to get the plane home.
A follow up appointment with my GP was organised for the next day and the GP was unhappy with the whole situation. There was a mix up with my medication and my GP had to contact Aberdeen direct and discuss my results and medication.
It was nearly 5 months since my stroke when I saw the Occupational Therapist. The doctor had offered me an appointment with Occupational Therapist but I didn't understand what it was. I feel I should have been referred automatically and services should have fallen into place. I feel my rehab could be much further on than it is.
This has been the same for my physio which has meant that I feel this is taking more sessions of physio to sort this out which obviously has cost implications and is taking a lot longer time for me to get back to work.
The Neuropsychologist can only see me in January 2016 and the referral went in early August.
There has been little support for myself and my partner until June and I had my stroke in February 2015. I am worried that this gap in time will have affected my full recovery.
I am concerned about my own health and others