"MRI Scan misery"
About: Royal Preston Hospital Royal Preston Hospital Preston PR2 9HT
Posted via NHS Choices
Was sent for a scan by Chorley consultant. The letter inviting me to appointment gave no directions to the MRI suite so I had to ask at information who, in turn,had to look up before sending us to lower ground floor. Once on the lower ground floor, directions are sparse. Once there, I went through the questionnaire and added that I was very apprehensive because I have claustrophobia and a bad back condition which stops me lying flat for long. I was simply told 'not to worry' and 'a lot of people can't complete the examination for similar reasons'! - I was given no back supports and quite frankly the staff just seemed to want it get it over with. They told me to put in ear plugs then put headphones on me too - but then tried to give me instructions which I couldn't hear. The scan itself did not take too long but involved me holding my breath a number of times for quite long periods. A most unpleasant experience, made worse by an arrogant, non-caring jobsworth. The worst hospital experience ever, despite having quad by-pass heart surgery.