"Upset by care after an operation on my prostate"
About: Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Princess Royal University Hospital (Orpington) Orpington BR6 8ND Queen Elizabeth Hospital / Urology Queen Elizabeth Hospital Urology SE18 4QH The Royal London Hospital / General surgery The Royal London Hospital General surgery E1 1BB
Posted by Ptarmigan (as ),
The anaesthetist was great. The surgeon was fine.
My dfficult experience was back on the ward. It felt like I was "dumped" and forgotten. The procedures that were "done" to me were not explained and I was made to feel I was a nuisance for trying to engage any nurse in conversation. I was frightened by the huge blood clots and bladder washes that nobody explained. I felt so sick most of the time.
Three nurses told me "we have a policy to cover up" when my hospital gown failed to cover important areas. I found this so humiliating. A doctor stood at the foot of my bed and talked about me to a nurse. At no stage did either of them acknowledge me. I had to ambush another passing young doctor in a rush and beg her to answer some of my questions.
The air unit was faulty and screamed and clanked preventing any sleep. In the end, I thought there maybe was something wrong with me as nurses seemed to ignore me or maybe not realise I was there. The worst bit was the agony when the catheter was ripped out with no warning.
I was thoroughly traumatised and frightened by the whole experience.