"The most traumatic experience that I have ever endured"
About: Cheltenham General Hospital / General medicine Cheltenham General Hospital General medicine GL53 7AN
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The clinic was already running several hours late and there was a hurry to get through the list and the procedure. The consultant who carried out the colonoscopy didn't introduce himself, despite this hospital supporting the #hellomyname is campaign and only spoke to ask which hand he should use for the cannula.
What then followed was the most traumatic experience that I have ever endured and 6 months later, I am still affected by it. My previous colonoscopy at a different hospital was uneventful and so I was totally unprepared for the horror of the pain that I suffered during this procedure.
The hospital does not routinely give IV pain relief, instead they rely on the sedative that you are given, Midazolam, to make you forget the pain of the procedure, but this was absolutely not the case. The sedative had no effect, I was fully awake throughout the procedure and crying with a depth of pain that I could never have imagined and which no-one should have to suffer.
The whole experience was something that I never wish to repeat.