"Poor standard of care and inconclusive..."
About: Kettering General Hospital Kettering General Hospital Kettering NN16 8UZ
I was admitted following an emergency visit to my GP on 15.5.13 I was suffering from intense headache, back and leg pains and nausea. I was treated for meningococcal infection but the tests proved negative. I was given a lumbar puncture . Also clear. however pain persisted. ~I was given partacetamol, codeine diclophenac tremadol morphine - intravenouslym, and oromorph. nothing had any effect. During my stay on middleton ward I was hardly checked on at all. ~Obs were carried out only 4 times in a 24 hour period. The doctor introduced himself as my doctor, but I never saw him again. I was seen briefly at 21.45 when it was decided a lumbar puncture should be carried out. My canula came out twice and I was bleeding but nobody came to attend to me. Nobody came to check on me during the night despite my being in terrible pain and having had the lumbar puncture. Today, at 4.00am I was given 10mls oromorph, following breakfast 5 doctors, none of whom I had seen before, said results were fine but they were waiting for other results were coming from Leicester. that was at 08.30am. I didnt see any other doctor til about 6pm when I was told that I could go home if I felt well enough. As I most definitely did not feel well. I was still in considerable pain and it had not lessened at all, I said I was unhappy about this. After a short time a nurse returned with a discharge letter and I was told to go home. I vomited several times on the way home and still feel terrible at 23.00. The stiffness in my neck remains, I am struggling to walk and I still have the same headache. I also have pain in my legs and back. My whole body aches. I am returning to my GP tomorrow, if I can walk down the stairs from my first floor flat, having been carried there by my fiance. I am extremely worried that this is the second time I have suffered an episode like this. It is on my notes. Yet instead of asking another doctor to check my symptoms, I have been discharged with a letter which requests my GP to make a referral to a neurologist, no doubt necessitating a painful return to the same hospital I have just been in.