"My whole experience was disgraceful."
About: Stoke Mandeville Hospital Stoke Mandeville Hospital Aylesbury HP21 8AL
Posted by pollyadewar (as ),
My whole experience was disgraceful. I believe I survived in spite of, not because of Stoke Mandeville; from the triage procedure with a nurse chewing gum the whole way through, to an A & E doctor telling me I was having a panic attack and then discovering multiple pulmonary emboli. After 10 hours in the hospital, I was still suffering chest pain and shortness of breath. I was told by a seemingly very arrogant consultant, I was fit to go home. I said I still felt very ill. He told me I was being extremely selfish by blocking a bed for someone who was ill in A & E.
It was a nightmare. It was not helped by some of nurses (who did not seem to speak good English) happily telling my family on the phone I did not have a blood clot.