"Painful Sigmoidoscopy"

About: The Princess Royal Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I went for my annual sigmoidoscopy last week. This is the third one I've had, and the other 2 were completely painless, although I did have an excruciatingly painful colonoscopy 3 years ago.

I always have sedation, because I find these procedures very gruelling. But last week, the doctor was removing a polyp, and pumping so much air into my colon that I felt I was going to burst. It was very painful, horrendously so. At no time was I offered, or given any pain relief, and as before, I found that the sedation didn't really work.

I have to have another colonoscopy in 5 weeks, and I am dreading it.

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Response from Lesley Anne Jones, Patient Advice and Liaison Officer, Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback about your care and treatment at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital.

Our aim is to provide the highest standards of care for every patient, every time, and we are very sorry to hear your concerns about the care you received. Your comments have been sent to the Clinical Manager for the department concerned.

Unfortunately the Patient Opinion website does not share your contact details with the Trust, so we would encourage you to contact us so that we can look into the issues that you have raised in more detail.

The easiest way to do this is by calling our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on 01952 282888 or visiting their office in the Main Entrance.

They aim to: provide advice and support to patients, their families and carers; listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries; and, help sort out problems quickly on your behalf. If you wish to make a formal complaint then the PALS service will be able to provide you with more information about how to do this. You can also find out more on the Trust website at www.sath.nhs.uk/patient_information/complaints.asp.

Thank you once again for taking the time and trouble to provide feedback via the Patient Opinion website. We look forward to hearing from you so that we can look into the issues you have raised in more detail.

Mrs L. A. Jones

Patient Advice and Liaison Officer

Princess Royal Hospital


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