"Abdominal hysterectomy"

About: George Eliot Hospital

I was seen by consultant begin inning of December 2014 and had op on 17th in Tenby Day Unit. It was very relaxed and efficient. Op went very well and I was well covered with pain med as necessary. I had very little pain then or in the weeks since. I was discharged on 3rd day after op but felt could have had more detailed information on wound care and instructions to follow up with nurses at local surgery. Due to Christmas and New Year surgery closures I left it rather late seeking help for slight break down in the wound and had to have 2 weeks antibiotics and visits to nurse for dressings. Overall I was very pleased with all the staff and care received at GEH. It was obvious however the nurses were under a lot of pressure and needed more staff. Being nosey I quite enjoyed hearing other patients consultations on the ward, staff seem to think the curtains are soundproof! But it helped with the boredom. Overall, well done to all involved.

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Response from George Eliot Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to share your views and experience. It is difficult to totally protect patient privacy on a busy ward where, as you quite rightly point out, curtains are not soundproofed. Your observations will be shared with staff as a reminder. I am pleased that you were otherwise satisfied with your care but will also highlight your comments around information on wound care. Wards are very busy and can be pressured but the overall numbers of nurses has increased over the last 12 months but even more would always be welcome. I hope that you are now fully recovered . Kind regards Christine Longstaff on behalf of the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust.

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