"Having had to have surgery, radiotherapy ..."

About: Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital (Wonford)

(as the patient),

What I liked

Having had to have surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy over a two year period, I got to know the hospital and staff well!

I could not fault anyone in the Oncology and associated Departments. The specialists/surgeons spoke to you in lay-mans terms and were very approachable.

Food was excellent too!

What could be improved

More information in advance of having a central (Hickman) line inserted would have saved me upset. I had no idea it would be done in the theatre and that I would be away from work for a whole day. Stronger painkillers to take home would have been appropriate too.

Bit more communicaton between departments would be useful.

Less waiting time in the Oncology Clinic would be wonderful - everyone seems to get the same appointment time and then waits and waits.

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