"when medical staff found out i had hep C"
About: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Glasgow Glasgow G51 4TF
Posted by Penna55 (as ),
In April 2016 I went to my GP as I was experiencing severe headaches. He suspected an arterial problem and I was sent to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. I was admitted to a side ward to have an advanced examination in ward 11b (I think) and was told that I needed a chest x ray. I was placed in a side room and I asked when the scan and chest x ray would be carried out. The doctor noticed on my file that I had had hepatitis C, and decided not to proceed with the scan. I was advised that the ward staff refused to enter my room without being gowned and gloved, despite my reassuring them that I had been successfully treated and no longer had hepatitis C (but even if I did this treatment was awful). I was in this ward for 3 days and did not see any cleaning staff, my bed sheets were not changed at all for 3 days. The doctor said that my hepatitis C couldn't be cured and that it could come back at any time.
This is the second time in 2 years I have had an experience like this at hospital within NHS GGC. And I can explain fully the other experience I had (while I was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C) which resulted in me hearing a nurse from the Southern General hospital saying here they go moaning about stigma and voicing their opinion, as I was left to get home in my night dress after the staff found out about my hepatitis C.
Both of these experiences have left me fearful of going back to hospital for any future appointments. Staff at wards that specifically cared for my hepatitis C were wonderful - however I feel that from my experiences more must be done to inform staff of the facts, and also attitudes, towards people living with hepatitis C.