"Mixed experiences of hip replacement surgery"

About: North Tyneside General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

The initial introduction was fine, they had a bed waiting for me and the nurses were attentive and caring.

The operation was terrifying! I sat on a couch while the anaesthetist inserted the catheter. He rammed the needle into the vein and had no closure ready, so blood went spurting all over the room while he tried to stop it with his fingers! It took about 9 injections for the epidural.

On coming out the nurses were wonderful and friendly and encouraging. I felt the medical assistants I met were not competent. I was being seated and although not meant to twist they pulled around on my hips!

On another occasion the huge oversights of the medical assistant caused me to slip in the shower and injure my 'good' leg on the day the physios were due to test and sign me out.

Overall the doctors and nurses were wonderful, but these pockets of incompetence were inexcusable.

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