"poor stitching - bad scarring"

About: Whiston Hospital

(as the patient),

Recently I went to have 5 stitches removed from a wound on my arm. The nurse struggled to remove them because they had been tied very close to my skin - he had to be very cautious not to cut me. The stitches which were in my arm had been done by a student doctor at whiston hospital's A&E. For the majority of the time he was not being supervised, though a senior doctor did check on him probably once or twice. The stitching (I thought) looked messy, but I wasn't sure if I was being fussy.

The nurse removing them said he had never had to remove anything that bad before and that Id now have some pretty scars from the stitching because it was that bad. Now they've been removed, I can see clearly how messy, jagged, and tight they were in my skin.

Surely student doctors need to be competent on practising on medical equipment (IE dummy's) before being let loose on public... And surely they should be supervised at ALL times - especially when they make such a mess like this.

He was also left alone to take a blood sample from me. On the 3rd attempt he was successful, but I can clearly see myself (and I'm no doctor) that for the first two attempts he was nowhere near my vein! The bruising on both arms when he attempted to take blood was unbelievable too. He didn't ask for help and he wasn't being supervised at all for this.

I wonder if things would have been different if I hadn't overdosed on tablets that made me very drowsy... would he then have been supervised more if I was alert and more aware of what was happening to me?

I am aware students need to practise - I practised a year as a childrens nurse, but personally, I always made sure I felt competent in doing something before I even went near a patient. If I was unsure I would refuse to do something and would ask to see the procedure being done or ask for full supervision if I felt I needed it.

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