"Withdrawal of effective pain relief"
About: Royal Free Hospital / Accident and emergency Royal Free Hospital Accident and emergency London NW3 2QG
Posted by Better now but still aggrieved (as ),
I was admitted a few months ago to the Royal Free Hospital with kidney pains. I was in an A&E ward for 24 hours where, after a rather ineffectual paracetamol tablet, I was given the intravenous form which gave immediate and profound pain relief.
I was then moved to another ward where my requests for more of this pain relief were refused by three different nurses, despite its further use being approved by a hospital doctor. I was given bogus reasons for this refusal – “You won’t be able to have IV at home so you mustn’t have it here”, “We’re weaning you off it”, “Your condition isn’t serious enough to warrant IV”.
The other medications I was offered weren’t very effective and as a result I spent I night in extreme pain for no good reason.