"Life Saving Emergency Heart Surgery"

About: Royal Sussex County Hospital

On 3rd September 2015, I was transferred from Eastbourne Hospital A&E, for an Aortic Dissection repair.

I knew nothing about any of this as I was already unconscious.

The Cardiac surgery team were waiting for me in the early hours of Thursday morning, & took me to theatre for several hours of surgery, including valve replacement, and a coronary bypass graft.

A few days later a pacemaker was fitted.

I suffered a couple of setbacks with short term kidney failure & a chest infection whilst in ICU.

The surgery saved my life, without a doubt. The quality of care I received in the ICU on level 7, & elsewhere were second to none. I have since made a good recovery, although not likely to be 100% fit again,

This is a very old hospital, with some new bits, but essentially 100+ years old. Despite the hardships faced by patients and clinical staff alike due to the outdated facilities in some departments, the standard of care is commendably high.

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Response from Royal Sussex County Hospital

Mr Larlham

Thank you for taking the time to feedback your experiences with Cardiothoracic Department & ICU at the RSCH. I have sent your lovely comments to the charge nurse and Lead Consultant for both departments, to share with their staff and I know that they will really appreciate your kind words.

I was so pleased to learn that your surgery had been a success and hope you continue to recover well.

With kind regards and best wishes,

Hannah Pacifico

Patient Experience Team

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