"Reading the wrong notes"

About: Tameside General Hospital / General surgery

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

This story has been posted by Healthwatch Tameside on behalf of a member of the public who asked not to have their name published. They said…

This lady had gall bladder removed last year. Recovery took a long time and problems while post-op with wound drainage. Attended out-patient clinic. Doctor read notes and looked at charts and x-rays. Sent her for more tests then told her she would have to have her gall bladder removed. Eventually realised he was reading the wrong notes, but she needed a lot of reassurance that the correct operation had in fact taken place. She has lost faith in the hospital now and wouldn’t choose to go back there.

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Response from Lindsay Stewart, Deputy Director of Nursing, Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

I am sorry to read about your experiences at Tameside and apologies that we have not met your expectations. We are always striving to improve our communication and we are working with staff around behaviours and values expected from staff members. We have passed your comment onto the clinical area to ensure they learn from this. It is difficult to comment on individual cases without the specific details

If you would like a more personalised and in-depth response please can you contact Matron Liz Penny on 0161 922 5356

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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