"10/10 for Frimley Park Hospital"

About: Frimley Park Hospital (Frimley)

(as the patient),

A few years ago, I lived and worked in Peterborough and suffered 2 collapses at work both were diagnosed as strokes by Paramedics and I was taken to PDH.

On both occasions the Paramedics' diagnosis was ignored by doctors and I was discharged

I had another collapse at home, I could not move and managed to call an ambulance. I was again taken to PDH where the A&E doctor immediately diagnosed stroke and admitted me. The consultant sent me for an MRI scan which revealed multiple infarcts on the right side of my brain. He reviewed my notes and told me that I should have been admitted on my first collapse as it was probably a stroke. Further tests revealed DVT behind both knees. I was then given clot busters and-physiotherapy.

Physio only worked on my walking ability, as a stay on the stroke ward was limited to 6 weeks, my left arm/hand was not treated at all.

I was discharged in 6 months later, able to walk but unable to use my left arm and hand. I was referred to physio outpatients for further treatment after a few visits my physiotherapist pronounced that there was nothing she could do for me left arm/hand as it was spasticised.

On requesting information about making a complaint I was advised by the hospital to contact a solicitor which I did, after quite a long delay. My case was referred to a consultant by my solicitor. The consultant rejected my claim for medical negligence, stating that PDH had done all they could have done and no mistakes were made! Therefore my claim was dismissed.

I moved to Hampshire into sheltered accommodation and went under the care of Frimley Park Hospital. What a difference! They have tried so many treatments to fix my arm/hand problems:

1. Tendon lengthening surgery to release the pressure on my hand and let it work this was unsuccessful.

2. Physio to try opening my hand.

3. Most recently BOTOX therapy to relax the muscles in my left arm, this is new to me and I have had no positive results so far but I am hopeful. I also have MS and my consultant is an MS specialist. They are very assertive that my stroke condition will be improved.

FPH is Brilliant, I give it 10/10. PDH has been closed and all services moved to Peterborough City Hospital (PCH) that was the Edith Cavell Hospital which was rebuilt for the move to take place. It does have the same staff.

PDH, I give 0/10.

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