"Hopefully I never have to return"
About: Royal Sussex County Hospital Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton BN2 5BE
Went into the cardiology unit for the first time, knowing what I was expecting of the test but still apprehensive as someone with mental health issues - which I did point out to them at least twice - and I was told "ok" the first time and "it won't affect the results" the second time. This made me feel like my feelings didn't matter and like I'm not a human being but just another test subject to them. While waiting I felt uncomfortable and worried, and when going into the room, I felt like I was being rushed - which is a problem for me as I have trouble walking sometimes - and because of that it added to the feeling of not feeling human. It felt like they wanted me out of the way. I know hospitals are understaffed and have a lot of patients to see to, but is it too much to ask for a bit of human decency?? Also when has an echocardiogram ever been painful? I can tell you when - today - but I felt too uncomfortable to point it out, which maybe I should have done. But I hopefully never have to go back to that ward after the way I was treated today.