"Short History of a Hysterectomy"

About: Doncaster Royal Infirmary

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The pre-op appointment was very thorough but smooth, including lung x-rays and an ECG. On admission day I reported in at 8am, but had to sit around till lunchtime before a bed was available - that was the only negative in this history.

The anaesthetist and surgeon talked to me before I went into theatre, both sensitive, reassuring and informative. I had a vaginal hysterectomy under epidural anaesthetic but "somehow" slept gently and naturally until they were clearing things away in the theatre.

I had very little pain afterwards, needed nothing more than paracetamol. My blood pressure was low afterwards, an inherited tendency, but it was monitored every 3 hours until it stabilised.

Before discharge the ward sister gave me and my daughters an emphatic warning about what I could and couldn't do after discharge - she'd read my desire to be independent correctly. I was allowed out 48 hours after the operation.

I have been "good " since, followed instructions and am fully recovered.

My sincere thanks go out to all the staff involved. Their patience, courtesy and attentiveness was endless. I could not have asked for more.

Thank you for your care and friendliness, cheerfulness and sensitivity, and a very successful outcome. I am singing your praises to everyone.

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Response from Doncaster Royal Infirmary

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your positive feedback on NHS Choices in relation to Nursing Staff on Gynaecology Ward G5. May I also thank you for your kind comments in relation to Anaesthetic and Theatre staff. I am pleased that the care and treatment you received whilst having your surgery was to such a high standard

Please be assured that I will pass your feedback to each member of staff within these areas.

We strive at all times to provide a high standard of care to all women who access the gynaecology service and it is a pleasure for someone to take the time to provide such positive feedback.

Sharon Smithson, Matron for Women’s Services

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