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"Having a gastroscopy"

About: Victoria Hospital / Endoscopy

(as the patient),

Felt the throat spray inadequate. Might have worked better and lasted longer if I had been facing the admimistrator rather than Being sideways on for application.

Much involuntary  retching is experienced  during endoscopy and a visit to the loo just beforehand could have prevented wetting myself!


Response from Craig Orr, Charge Nurse, Day Intervention Unit, NHS Fife 2 years ago
Craig Orr
Charge Nurse, Day Intervention Unit,
NHS Fife
Submitted on 13/03/2019 at 16:27
Published on Care Opinion at 18:51

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Dear tinlizzie,

Thank you for taking the time for leave us some feedback via Care Opinion.

Regarding your Gastroscopy and the use of throat spray, it is a difficult situation to inform patients of, especially as different patients will have different physical feelings about it when applied. Essentially though, the receiver of the throat spray does not need to be face on to receive the full benefits and the spray nozzle is angled so all areas can be covered.

During the initial paperwork and information gathering, there is a specific question ensuring that we check that a patients bladder is empty, and all staff who admit a patient should complete this. On this occasion, it would appear that you have not been asked and for that I would like to apologise. I also severely hope and pray that you were not caused any indignity because of this. I will raise this issue at the Safety Huddle tomorrow morning and remind all staff that this question must always be asked of a patient and for the very reason you have highlighted.

Thank you again for your feedback and I hope you are satisfied with these answers. Please accept out apologies again and should you wish to discuss anything further, I would be glad if you could contact me on 01592 643355, extn 29907

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