"TAVI procedure - my mother age 77"
About: Freeman Hospital Freeman Hospital Newcastle Upon Tyne NE7 7DN
My mother was admitted into a ward following diagnosis of aortic valve degeneration. She was assessed by consultant and surgeon and it was decided that she was fit enough to undergo full open heart surgery to have the aortic valve replaced, the surgeon detailed this in her notes as did the consultant. She had a severe chest infection for which she was being administered antibiotics. I did notice that she was becoming severely breathless and wheezy which I did bring to the attention of various nurses within the ward and to the attention of the ward sister and all I was told was that she was being monitored. The following day I received a phone call in early hours of the morning that she was in ICU (Ward 26) following a pulmonary edema. The care afforded to my mother in ICU was beyond reproach following which a TAVI procedure was carried to implant an aortic valve following which the care given to her post operation was excellent.
I will not recommend the ward - care was minimal and feedback from nurse(s) and more importantly Ward Sister was minimal to non-existent.
As I have mentioned the care within ICU and then later within Ward 24 & 24a was excellent and a complete positive comparison to that within her previous ward. Can I also add that her consultant and his treatment was excellent.