About: Furness General Hospital / General surgery Furness General Hospital General surgery LA14 4LF
Posted by henrietta (as ),
I was admitted to Furness General Hospital in Jan. 2011 for day surgery for a hernia. Following surgery, the surgeon advised me that he had unfortunately "nicked" my bladder and that I would need to wear a catheter for 10 days to allow the bladder to heal and that an Xray would be required before removal of the catheteter.
The surgeon was a locum who left the hospital the next day! I felt very worried about this and as an appointment was not received for Xray I telephoned that dept. but they did not know anything about me. I was passed between departments in an uncaring way.
Eventually,an appointment was arranged and a day bed was organised 14 days after the operation! Following xray, I was taken to the day ward. A little while later, the ward sister told me I would need to go home and return several days later keeping the catheter in place as the consultant had not received adequate notes from the consultant radiographer.
I complained bitterly as this meant another round trip of 28 miles not to mention the waste of a hospital bed for a day. The sister was very kind and took documents between both consultants allowing me to continue treatment on that day.
I must stress that the nursing staff were excellent!
In May 2011, I had to attend Lancaster A+ E as I had infectious matter pouring from one of the entry wounds due to an infection that had been introduced into the abdomen at the time of the operation! Not a pleasant experience.