"Lumbar puncture"

About: Royal Stoke University Hospital / Neurology

(as the patient),

I was the most reluctant of patients, having declined 2 previously offered lumbar punctures (to help facilitate a neurological diagnosis), but ultimately recognised this was needed/really couldn't keep avoiding, regardless of the many "horror stories" about them. The 2nd Neurologist I saw/discussed the need for a LP, had far too good of a "bedside manner", was too approachable, demonstrated too much empathy etc. for me to decline this again, so decided to "bite the bullet"!

After a few minutes of meeting the Nurse Practitioner (? ) who was going to carry out the procedure, discovered there was no "bullet to bite" - now using a atraumatic needle means no csf leakage - therefore no post-procedural headache and as far as pain/discomfort of the actual procedure.......I have had more at the Dentist!

Anyone having a LP on Ward 231 has no need to worry - you will be made to feel as comfortable as possible, valued and respected - I have never experienced better service not observed better practice anywhere!

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Response from University Hospitals of North Midlands

Dear Patient,

Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback on your experience at University Hospital.

I’m delighted that the high standards of care and attention that you expect have been met by our staff, both on Ward 231 and across the Trust.

Staff pride themselves on giving each and every patient the very best possible care and it’s extremely rewarding to hear that you felt comfortable, valued and respected with us.

Kind regards,

Su Lapper, Ward Manager

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