"You all made all the difference to us"
About: Queen's Medical Centre / Paediatrics Queen's Medical Centre Paediatrics NG7 2UH
Posted by Worried Mum 2016 (as ),
My daughter has autism, learning difficulties and epilepsy but needed to come in for a general anesthetic to allow an MRI scan to be carried out. She gets extremely frightened and anxious in medical settings and even taking her blood pressure is a huge challenge and often impossible. On receiving my appointment letter with the details of her MRI visit I contacted the administrator for the Paediatric Ambulatory Care Unit to outline my worries about how my daughter would cope with such a situation. Within minutes I had a reassuring e-mail back and all the relevant parties had been contacted. Later that same day the anesthetist that would be caring for my child on the day had contacted me and we exchanged e-mails and a phone call before the day to explore all the options until we had a coherent plan. I'm delighted to say that this led to the best and least stressful admission that I could have dreamed of. Her anxiety was minimized, she was successfully anesthetized and we got the scan. Thank you to the administrators, the nurse on ambulatory care that looked after her on the day and to the anesthetist. You all made all the difference to us.