"Questions after contracting pseudomonas"

About: Borders General Hospital / General Surgery (Ward 7)

(as the patient),

I had a hip replacement in Sept 2014 in Borders General Hospital. Within 2 weeks of returning home I had a UTI and the bacteria is Pseudomonas. I have had many UTI's before but they have always been E. Coli. I am waiting for results of a second test to confirm the bacteria and then I'm told the only treatment is Gentamicin given in hospital. My GP freely admitted that I likely acquired it while in hospital (though I did not have a catheter).

Gentamicin can have debilitating side effects and I react to so many drugs. I am concerned that I will react to it.

I'm really scared and not being given much information. It will be Monday before the second test result comes through. Meantime - I don't know if I can pass it to anyone else.

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Response from Stephen Bermingham, NHS Borders

Dear ‘bordergirl57’

I am sorry to hear about your concerns and that you are anxious and scared. You should be getting the information you need. I am pleased that you have contacted Susan Cowe, Feedback and Complaints Officer, who is looking into your case today and will get back to you as soon as she can. If you have any further concerns please don’t hesitate to contact Susan on 01896 826714 or me on 01896 826706.

Best wishes,

Stephen Bermingham – NHS Borders

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