"Son's treatment for his seizure"
About: Derbyshire Health United / NHS 111 Derbyshire Health United NHS 111 DE21 6BF East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust / Emergency ambulance East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust Emergency ambulance Nottingham NG8 6PY Queen's Medical Centre Queen's Medical Centre Nottingham NG7 2UH
Posted by Johnus Smithus (as ),
I am writing to say a heartfelt thank you to all the staff involved in the care of my son who had a seizure.
My Wife called the 111 service who calmly advised her on what to do. I came home just after her call and helped with the call. The adviser ensured we checked his breathing and kept us calm.
When the ambulance arrived - about 5 minutes after I came - the paramedic picked my son up and calmly took him into the ambulance. The other paramedic, who I presume was quite new (but not naive) was very calm and helpful. After a while the decision was to take my son to hospital.
We both travelled with them with my Wife in the back of the ambulance watching and being advised on what the paramedic was doing at all times. I sat in the front with the other paramedic who was most polite as she thanked all the drivers who made way for her to pass. She was also kind enough to ensure we 'didn't roll about' as she drove swiftly and gently through the City. At one point she slowed down to enable the other paramedic to complete a procedure.
Our son was then taken to the ER where the ER staff took over. Obviously we were quite distressed seeing out son who was still in a seizure. One of the Nurses (I think she wore a dark blue uniform) showed empathy and explained what was going on. Eventually, we were lead to a waiting room as they worked with my son.
Out son was then taken to ECCU (Children's Intensive Care) as he was out into an induced coma (I think). It was here he slowly made a recovery and several tests were completed to try and identify what caused his seizure. The staff here were acutely aware of how distraught we were and offered the opportunity to cradle our son in our arms whilst they were completing procedures. I must admit I did find it difficult to see him there unconscious linked to various drips and feeds but I felt comfortable to feel this way. We were offered a room to stay overnight which was very kind.
After three days (I think) my son was then transferred to the general children ward - E47. Further test were completed with full explanations of what was happening, Whilst we missed the intensive care of the previous ward the staff here were very friendly and accommodating.
Finally, after six days our son was discharged and though nothing was actually found - which is technically good - he was tested thoroughly with a full explanation in writing.