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"My bowel cancer diagnosis"

About: Forth Valley Royal Hospital / Endoscopy and day care Forth Valley Royal Hospital / General surgery

(as the patient),

I was diagnosed with bowel caner in  August after returning my bowel screen test kit to Ninewells hospital in Dundee, I was shocked and frightened at the diagnosis as I had no symptoms and a week later I was called for a colonoscopy at F.V.R.H.

I was sent for a colonoscopy to the F.V.R.H. in Larbert where Mr Hendry the senior consultant surgeon carried out the procedure and told me he had taken a sample for a biopsy but he knew that the sample was cancerous and immediately set the ball rolling.

A week later I had a C.T. scan at the same hospital, a week after that I had my consultation with Mr. Rogers another consultant surgeon who explained in detail the procedure that I was to undergo the following week.

I was admitted to ambulatory care at F.V.R.H. in November under the care of consultant surgeon Mr. Kynaston who carried out my procedure that morning.

He explained that although it was very major surgery and a lengthy operation ahead he didn't foresee any problems, unfortunately due to unforeseen medical issues with blood flow they could not reconnect at this moment in time my bowel and had to fit a colostomy bag!!

I spent 5 days recovering in hospital and I feel I must give praise to all involved in my pre and post op. care. Safely came round I would like to thank Mr. Knyaston and his surgical team i.e. nurses, anaesthetists, etc. the stoma team led by Jenny and supported by Lindsay and Linda and the rest of the backroom stoma team, the recovery team who looked after me till I safely came round from the operation, the doctors, nurses, domestic care team in ambulatory care who kept me comfortable and looked after my pain management and I know look forward too in the very near future meeting with the oncology team and discuss my future care going forward.

If I have missed anyone I apologise!!

So once again thank you to all involved in colorectal surgery in pre. and post op. and to all in F.V.R.H. for their care, after care and the long term care planned for me, thank you so very much

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Response from Chris Rodger, Clinical Director, Surgical Specialties, Surgical Directorate, Forth Valley Royal Hospital 7 months ago
Chris Rodger
Clinical Director, Surgical Specialties, Surgical Directorate,
Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Submitted on 04/12/2021 at 14:49
Published on Care Opinion at 14:49

Dear Papa John

Thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your experience. It must have been very worrying getting the news that your bowel screening was positive and then finding out you had bowel cancer and required surgery. It sounds as though you felt well informed and well looked after throughout your journey and I am really pleased to hear that. I hope you are now recovering as expected at home.

The whole team work very hard to try and provide all patients with this kind of care, sometimes in very challenging circumstances and I know they will be delighted to hear your feedback. I will make sure it gets to them all.

Once again, thank you for taking the time to provide us with this really positive feedback.

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