"Suggestion for Patient Discharge Advice"
About: Ayr Hospital / Urology Ayr Hospital Urology KA6 6DX
Posted by cmb (as ),
I recently had a few days as an in-patient at the University Hospital Ayr. It was the end of a long journey (10 years) involving many tests, consultations and even a biopsy. Yes, I was finally going in for a TURP (Transurethral resection of the prostate). Being me, I had already quizzed my Urology consultant about the whole process, but especially the operation, the anaesthesia, recovery and subsequent discharge back home.
I am delighted to say that everything went well, exactly as planned. My recovery was swift and I was discharged a few days later. I have already written to the Hospital thanking them for this and in particular the professionalism of three Nurses who directly tended to me: Lorna, Margaret and Laurie.
I recently reflected on this successful procedure when I realised I was not given any written discharge advice. For example, after nearly 2 weeks I still had (reducing) blood in my urine. I was aware that I should not drive at the moment and that my full recovery would take some time. Also, that it is possible that it could appear that the original problem is returning - but that is simply part of the healing process.
Now! Being a glutton for information, I already knew about the process, from admission to full recovery, from the Internet (Many sites polled for concurrence). However, what of those who do not have access, or the desire to research, the internet? Also, I am 67 and was the youngest patient in the ward; some were in their late eighties and nineties.
I wonder if, in this case, a simple A4 sheet of advice and expectations should be given to the Patient and his/her carer on the way out. I do stress, the treatment I received at the University Hospital Ayr was excellent in every aspect - especially the personal touch, assured dignity at all times and sheer professionalism and consideration of the Nurses I have already named.