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"Painful colonoscopy"

About: Northampton General Hospital (Acute) / Colorectal surgery

(as the patient),

I had a colonoscopy of the larger bowel and was asked if I wanted sedation, I asked if many people had the procedure without medication, they said 75% had it. I have quite a good pain threshold, so I thought I would not have sedation.  

Not long after he started it was quite uncomfortable which he did say it would be, then it started to really hurt, so I had Entonox gas, this did not work, the pain was unbearable, so they gave me by injection Fentanyl and Midazolam. To me this also didn't stop the pain.    

I started off on my left side and then I was told to lie on my back, I have spoken to quite a few people and they never experienced what I went through, so I cant understand why mine hurt so much, I felt as though my heart could not take the pain.

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Response from Northampton General Hospital (Acute) 2 years ago
Northampton General Hospital (Acute)
Submitted on 12/02/2019 at 08:45
Published on at 09:05

Good morning,

Firstly, apologies for our late response to your feedback. We are very grateful for all feedback and is most valued to us.

We at NGH are very sorry to hear that you experienced such discomfort during your colonoscopy.

If you feel that you would like to discuss your experience further, please contact the Patient Experience Department on 01604 523438.

We strive for high standards of patient experience within NGH and are always looking at ways to improve.

Best wishes from all of Team NGH.

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