"Pacemaker fitted .3 nights in ccu..."
About: Royal Bolton Hospital Royal Bolton Hospital Bolton BL4 0JR
Posted by Paul stuart
Arriving feeling tense to the CCU dept at the hospital the staff did there best to put me at my ease whilst also informing me as they have to about some of the pitfalls to such a procedure, the procedure itself under a local anaesthetic was very painful and a very unpleasant experience which was a surprise and afterwards when my consultant mentioned the possibility of opening the scar up to " scoop out the blood " I asked the nursing staff that I wanted a general anaesthetic and who had the final say about such matters , an answer to which they couldn't give . The rapport between the staff seemed excellent and a good team spirit showed up whilst I observed the different shifts throughout the day, the rapport was in fact a little too good on one occasion with the night shift that usually started toast and a drink then meds around 9pm, on this night they were all enjoying each others company so much that they decided to start at 10...... To wake people up to ask them if they wanted a drink or a slice of toast seems a little strange, but to wake people up to give them a sleeping tablet seems slightly ridiculous , a point to which the staff agreed .
I was made aware of the possible after effects of the operation so that didnt really bother me when I had to stay in longer than thought , the consultant gave me the final say as to wether a further procedure was done or I could go home to give it time to heal which was good and when I questioned one of the meds that I was on he changed it without question.
When it was decided that I should go home they asked me for the bed which I had no problem with at all and so they asked me to wait in the staff waiting room at 2 pm whilst they prepared my tablets for leaving, at 4pm somebody from the ward popped there head around the door asking " are you allright , sorry I forgot all about you " the last bit he said while laughing !, at 6pm I managed to catch the eye enquiring as to how my tablets were coming along as my lift home which is the only way I could get home was coming for me at 7, 20 mins later she arrived with my tablets and went thru them with me, when I enquired about the two items missed off her attitude was one of anger , I informed her that on 1 item they had been using my tablets that I had brought in so I didn't have any, she left in a huff and the next time I saw her was when she passed me in the corridor with her tea, not a word about the missing tablets !.
At 7pm I had to walk back on the ward to ask about my tablets to which they said they had informed a doctor so couldn't tell me when they would come......I had to leave as my lift was waiting outside , she told me how important these tablets were but I also told her that I couldn't get home if I didn't go now, and I had been waiting 5 hours, she asked me if I could come back later that night!,
That last day I felt as if I was an annoyance to them and sullied an otherwise positive visit to the hospital in a very stressful time for me .