"Suspected lung clot"

About: Central Lancashire PCT / Community nursing Royal Preston Hospital / Respiratory medicine

(as the patient),

I was sent into Royal Preston Hospital on the 28th December 2008 with a pain in my back similar to the one I had a number of years ago which turned out to be a clot on my lung. Fortunately I had been sensitive enough to get to the doctors early enough who then sent me to the hospital. As usual they were very busy. I was sent directly to the MAU where I was admitted. All the staff were very helpful and very nice. I was sent for x-rays and had blood tests. The following morning I was sent for a scan that showed no clot (thank goodness!) I was given Riperin injections just in case because the blood tests showed that the P. D was high so therefore if I had left it another couple of days it could have been very serious. So I am thankful to my own Dr and all the staff on the CIU ward. I then met the community matrons who got in touch with mine and explained everything to me. I was in for New Years Eve, the staff made us a cup of tea and we watched the fire world from the ward through the windows. I went home the day after New Years Day with a follow up to see my own specialist Dr Sing. I would like to thank Dr Howard and my matron.

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Response from Julie-Ann Bowden, Clinical Quality and Assurance Manager, NHS Central Lancashire

Dear Bit268

I am sorry to hear that you had to stay in hospital over the new year. I hope that you are feeling better now and that the support you received from your Community Matron has really helped your recovery.

Thank you for posting your experience. It is also nice to hear that you were happy with Royal Preston Hospital.

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