"Well Done Wynard Ward"

About: Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) / Neurology

(as the patient),

In June 2007, I attended at Wynard Ward in the Centre for Women's Health at The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford) for a minor operation as a Day Case. After settling in, the anaethestist came down the ward and greeted me. He asked me all the usual questions about my general state of health as routine to establish my fitness for his part of the operation. Satisfied, he turned on his heel and made to depart. Several yards down the ward, he stopped and, whilst still consulting his notes, he turned about and headed back to me. He said "I see you have Parkinson's Disease", and this I confirmed. He then asked when my next dose of medication was due and I told him it would be at 12 noon. Without more ado, he announced to the attending nursing staff "This lady will need to be brought forward on the list in order that she is sufficiently "come round" afterwards to take her self-administered medication at midday". They all agreed a time and that was it. No fuss. No question about it. Brilliant. And to cap it all, the whole operation went well ~ the nursing care was fantastic and the staff were friendly ~ it couldn't have been better!

Well done ~ Wynard Ward RD&E and the anaethestist (whose name I didn't get). I suspect my consultant (Dr Ray Sheridan) and his colleagues in the Neurology Department are largely to thank for this awareness amongst the staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital.

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