"How Lewisham Hospital saved my partner's life"
About: Lewisham PCT / Emergency GP out of hours service Lewisham PCT Emergency GP out of hours service London Ambulance Service NHS Trust London Ambulance Service NHS Trust London SE1 8SD University Hospital Lewisham / Accident and emergency University Hospital Lewisham Accident and emergency London SE13 6LH University Hospital Lewisham / General surgery University Hospital Lewisham General surgery SE13 6LH
Posted by BM95 (as ),
My partner had been unwell but was becoming disorientated.
We called an ambulance and were taken to Lewisham A & E, where they quickly diagnosed chest infection, kidney failure and serious blood poisoning. They then did a scan and said an emergency operation was needed due to an internal perforation/tear - and she was seriously unwell and could die.
The operation was a success but she remained seriously unwell and in Intensive Care for some weeks - gradually leaving hospital after 2 months.
This was obviously extremely stressful but throughout the staff skill and care was superb. The paramedics and A &E staff were calming and professional, the surgical team explained clearly what they were doing. The ICU and HDU nurses were approachable, open to questions and reassuring at a trying time. Their calm approach made the experience more bearable.