"Very bad back pain"

About: Northern General Hospital / Trauma and orthopaedics

(as the patient),

For four weeks I was having strong pains in my right shoulder blade. My doctor prescribed tablets and said it maybe appropriate for me to see a physiotherapist. On Saturday 2nd May, I experienced more pain which had now spread to my middle back (later moving to my left shoulder blade) and each time I tried to stand up, I was passing out. At around 8.45pm I dialled 999 and a medic and ambulance arrived quickly. At the Northern General A&E department I was seen by a nurse and I think two doctors who all asked me a lot of questions and did various tests. As I needed to remove most of my clothing and had to put on an apron, I was extremely cold especially my feet. I am 74 years old, this cannot be right. Much later after my x-rays and a dose of morphine I was removed to the medical assessment unit. I was extremely thirsty and quite hungry (nothing to eat since 2pm the Saturday afternoon) but I could not have anything until seen by another doctor which was about 4am. As I twice complained about the cold I was finally given a blanket. I waited most of Sunday fro permission to go home and for more tablets. During my 24hour stay in hospital I tried to keep a check on the cleanliness of the staff but I did not see evidence of it in a number of cases. The ward floor was swept but the person doing it did not brush under the beds.

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