"My experience with a Colonoscopy (Part 2)"

About: The Royal London Hospital

We are in 2014 and the colonoscopy its a procedure that can be absolutely painless with appropriate sedatives (As everybody knows...). It would make the patient's journey easier and obviously the work of the physician too. In other hospitals and clinics in the UK this procedure is painless (I know people who have had a colonoscopy painless as they were basically asleep during the procedure and they can’t even remember anything during it….lucky them…). But not just in he UK. The rest of the countries in the UE (and probably in the rest of the globe) They have understood that this procedure can be absolutely unbearable and the main rule for it is avoid the suffering of the patient. So, I’m wondering myself under my experience, why at the Royal London Hospital the patients have to go through this torture. It is because maybe it would be a big expense for the department? (Which it would), or its just an inexplicable lack of consideration, knowledge and compassion from this department towards the patients? But, lets go back to my appointment with the gastroenterologist a couple of months before. During my appointment the doctor was really nice but didn’t mention a word about the sedation. If I had not asked the question, I had left the room without knowing. It is true that I had all the information in the letter that was sent to my house with all the explanation of the procedure, its pros and cons. And they offered to me this option the day of the procedure too. But I insist, the doctor should mention it during the appointment as well. At least as a basic right of the patient. So again I really do not understand why the sedation seems to be like a taboo. I hope this review can help future patients and also, I truly hope that this department, which I have seen already that has amazing people working on it, read this words with understanding and compassion. Kind Regards P.

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