"Colonoscopy without sedation."

About: Colchester General Hospital

I have now had three colonoscopies at this hospital. The first one back in 2011 was fine - without sedation. The second one was carried out in 2012, again without sedation, but it was extremely painful, not helped by the 'doctor' telling me to stop moving! I have had another colonoscopy recently - I specifically asked not to have sedation - but was given it anyway, therefore against my wishes. Shortly after my procedure had finished I was given some tea and toast and was promptly sick and vomited. Over the following week I have found myself retching first thing in the morning and on other occasions not able to hold my food down after my main meal in the evening.

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Response from Colchester General Hospital

I apologise you’ve not had a good patient experience. We try really hard to improve our services based on the comments we receive from our patients, their relatives or carers. We would like the opportunity to discuss your experiences more fully and to apologise in person. If you are willing I would appreciate it if I could ask the matron to contact you. Could you email me, using the reference “Comment on General Surgery at RDEE4-Colchester General Hospital at 20/10/2014 21:18:09”, please? Many thanks Paul Searle, Head of Communications Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust info@colchesterhospital.nhs.uk

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