"Once into A&E I was in good hands and with an..."
About: Bristol Eye Hospital Bristol Eye Hospital Bristol BS1 2LX
Posted by Stephen Wright
What I liked
I had a rapidly detaching retina.
Once i got into A& E and then the ward everything was efficient and smooth. The A&E nurse practitioners were calm and kind bui communicated what they were doing and why with a clarity that made the discomfort of being pulled around bearable. They used language that a lay erson could understand and took time to expand when asked. Referral to the duty doctor was smooth and speedy, as was the transfer to the ward.
The ward staff were also nurturing and calming. The ward was clean and efficient. The nurse was very focused in explaining the whole sequence of events and very encouraging by stating clearly the likely successful outcome.
The whole surgical routine from anaesthetics to post op (under local) was calm and efficient. Ward nursing staff were clear with their instructions and encouraging at all times. The auxiliaries glided around and nothing was too much fuss for them.
The food was surprisingly good for an NHS hospital and my special dietary needs worked round well.
Discharge home was well explained and follow up appointments arrranged with no fuss..
In summary, calm, efficient, supportive and above all else a brilliant outcome for me.
They told me they will try to save what little sight I had left, about 40%, but have actually given me an eye back with full range and focus. In fact better than the good eye.
Overall I am very grateful for all their efforts on my behalf.
What could be improved
Getting through on the emergency telephone was diabolical and took me a long time - hours. The email I sent to the hospital webmaster was responded to but only after I had finally got through on the telephone and set off on the long haul from Frome to Bristol by train.
When the sister asnwered the telephone she was clear and effective - but this was several hours after my firstcall.