"Traumatic post surgery experience yet excellent..."
About: The Royal London Hospital The Royal London Hospital E1 1BB
I stayed in ward 8c after an operation and have been really traumatised waking up in the middle of the night from a general anaesthetic, having no idea where any of my things were . The nurses at best ignored me and at worst I felt told off - for not pressing the pain relief button enough ( I pressed it when I needed ) and felt I was disturbing them by pressing the call button. I begged for a phone to ring my husband but typing in his number with that many Painkillers running through me was impossible . I got no help . I didn't feel I was treated kindly or as a human with emotions and needs .
The doctors and consultants on the other hand were wonderful . They were very professional , warm and appeared competent in a way that made me trust what they do. They did treat me in a much nicer way than the night team. My stay improved and I did meet some nicer nurses and health care assistants who were very supportive.
The food needs to improve . It is bland, uninspiring and not really that nutritious . Why not have some fresher, tastier dishes or things like smoothies that are easier to consume and full of vitamins ? I don't enjoy eating the kind of food served when I do have appetite never mind when I'm trying to get my appetite back !
On the whole a mixed experience . Seriously the first night has left me traumatised but big thumbs up to the gynae team