"Emergency appointment for PVD"
About: Royal United Hospital Royal United Hospital Bath BA1 3NG
Posted by Dorset Deb
Last week I spent 24 hours being sent from one hospital to another, then yet another [3 different hospitals], a round trip of 150 miles - today my symptoms worsened so instead of travelling 57 miles to the eye hospital that diagnosed my PVD, I phoned the Bath Eye Infirmary which is only 27 miles away.
This morning. I had woken with extra floaters in my eye and was worried about whether it was my recently diagnosed PVD worsening, I was very worried about whether the new floaters were a sign of a detaching retina - I was given an appointment at Bath RUH that same afternoon by a very friendly and comforting triage nurse.
I arrived at my appointment to a very busy waiting room, and amazingly although I wasn't seen exactly on time, I was seen within about 30 minutes and considering I had spent the previous Friday night in A&E for 4 hours to be told they couldn't dilate my eye, then was sent to another hospital on the Saturday waiting for over 2 hours in that hospital to be told no-one could dilate my eyes, then having to drive another 25 miles to another hospital where I spent 4 hours before PVD was diagnosed, so the 30 minute wait at Bath was brilliant.
I saw a nurse who dilated my eye, they were very friendly and comforting, then once my eyes were dilated I saw the Consultant who reassured me that my PVD hadn't progressed to a detached retina. They explained my condition really well and gave me some good advice on recognising if I need to return if my symptoms changed.
It was a great experience and should my symptoms worsen and I need to return, I feel happy and confident that I will be looked after quickly, professionally and with great empathy.
Thank you to the team at Bath Eye Infirmary RUH