"My experience of a subarachnoid haemorrhage..."

About: Queen's Medical Centre

I arrived by ambulance and was quickly placed on D10 the nurses got me settled and stockinged and correctly inserted the catheter which made me more comfortable. I had received a scan and a spinal tap from the LRI. Because of previous metalwork in my head the scan was inconclusive, and so too was the spinal tap. The plan at that time was to establish exactly the cause of my pain and sickness. I was sent for a contrast CT where two aneurysms were discovered. I was then very quickly sent for contrast angiography, both of the aneurysms were repaired although this had proved very challenging to the expert hands of the surgeon as my right carotid artery is totally occluded, despite this extreme difficulty the surgeon managed to occlude both aneurysms. The nurse assigned to care for me during the night was a male nurse (my first experience of being cared for by a male nurse). The standard drug to prevent vaso spasms is called nimrodopine, the normal dose 2 every 4 hours was given to me, unfortunately it did not agree with me, my blood pressure crashed. The poor nurse worked really hard throughout the night to increase the pressure to an adequate level. At one point he told me it was his goal to get the systolic pressure to 100 before the end of his shift. At one point I looked up and saw 2pouches of fluid hooked up to me, I mentioned this as he may not have realised and he explained this was how he could elevate the blood pressure. That man worked tirelessly throughout the night and at the end of his shift had managed to elevate the pressure to 99. If I had had £30000000.00 in the bank to spend on nursing care I could not have had a better nurse than him, he was magnificent. He was on NSPU ward, I was so lucky to have him. I hope he received my thank you card. I was then transferred to a side room on D11 it had a door which was open onto a balcony the breeze was wonderful. Once again the nursing staff on this ward were amazing. Because of the problem with this drug and me the administered this drug 1tablet every 2hours around the clock and were extremely diligent in their task they cared for me so well. I then went to D10 in a side room until I came home. I have to say my experience was; I was treated with kindness and extreme care throughout. The surgeon who repaired me was incredible as too were the nurses who cared for me. Thank you very much QMC. I would like to also add that after I went home I received a call from the neurosurgical nurse to ensure I was managing ok and to see if I had any questions. Once again I would Luke to thank the male nurse. Many thanks Caz

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Response from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Thanks taking the time to get in touch and for sharing you experience Caz. I am sure our colleagues on NSPU, D10, D11 and surgery will be grateful to receive your feedback. It is pleasing to hear that you felt you were treated with kindness and extreme care during your stay with us. We hope you are making a good recovery at home.

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