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"Excellent care for heart surgery, but contracted 'super bug'"

About: Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust - City Campus / Cardiology

(as the patient),

I went to Nottingham City Hospital to have heart surgery. I stayed on the Trent Cardiac Morris Ward. The best thing about my treatment was the kindness and the professional manner of all of the nursing staff and medical staff. At no point did I feel embarrassed. I had excellent treatment and care when I was on the intensive care ward just after my operation, although most of the time I was not awake, my family have told me that the care was first class. The food was also very good.

I did feel that more staff were needed, especially at the weekends.Only on some occasions did doctors wash their hands before they came on to the ward and on one occasion a doctor came on to the ward in theatre clothes.

Following my surgery I was sent home ten days later. Not long after getting home the wound on my chest re-opened and I had to be re-admitted into hospital, it was discovered that I had a super bug, apparently this super bug originated from America. I was asked if I had recently been to America, which I had not. I was given very strong antibiotics and was put into isolation. I stayed in hospital for another four weeks. I am cured of the super bug now, but, my wound has not healed and I am having it dressed every day by the district nurse and making sure that I do not get another infection. I am due to go back to hospital and have an appointment with the plastic surgeon who hopefully will be able to give me some treatment to make the wound heal.

Despite the problems that I had, I would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses for the care that I received.

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