"My brother with autism received excellent care"
About: Lincoln County Hospital Lincoln County Hospital Lincoln LN2 5QY
Posted by Fiona Speirs
My adult brother with autism was recently admitted to Dixon Ward at Lincoln Hospital to undergo a series of examinations under general anaesthetic due to his acute fear of hospitals and high anxiety levels. The care he received was first class from friendly and caring staff who liaised closly with his carers and myself and took on board our suggestions for how we could keep my brother as calm as possible. Staff offered to temporarily close one of the waiting areas to other patients while my brother waited to go to theate and this greatly reduced his anxiety caused by crowds and noise. Once in theatre, staff allowed his carers to support my brother through the administration of the anaesthetic in ways that were best suited to his level of need and throughout the procedure treated him with respect and kindness. As a result, my brother was the calmest that he has ever been when accessing a hospital and the examinations undertaken highlighted a medical problem that he had been unable to communicate to us because of his autism. A massive thank you for the professional , friendly and caring way in which we were all supported during our visit.