"coming off opioid medication"

About: Aberdeen City Community Health Partnership

(as the patient),

When I lost my right testicle it was then I was diagnosed with PAN. I was put on very strong and addictive pain medication. Instead of being on them for a few weeks I was on them for 4 years. I took the decision of coming off the opioid. It was then I felt like I was being treated like a "junkie". I wasn't misusing meds, I was prescribed them. I was told I would have to go to the substance misuse clinic (Fulton Clinic) in Aberdeen. It felt like I was being punished for wanting to stop taking the opiods.

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Response from Linda Oldroyd, Nurse Consultant Patient Safety and Experience, NHS Grampian

Dear patient

I am very sorry to hear about your ill health and on-going issues with pain medication. It is very brave of you to tackle this problem and you should not be made to feel that it is your fault or that you are being punished. I will make sure managers at Fulton Clinic are made aware of your feedback and that they share it with other staff. If you have on-going concerns or if you would like to share more detail of your story then please get in touch. I can be contacted on 01343 567900 or by email at loldroyd@nhs.net

Good luck with your treatment.

Kind regards,

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