"Very difficult to get a straight answer"
About: Ipswich Hospital / Paediatrics Ipswich Hospital Paediatrics IP4 5PD
Posted by Sofielofie (as ),
Having previously sung the praises of the staff on Bergholt ward, we again found ourselves in need of their services when a daughter suffered a recurrent UTI. This time admitted via PAU rather than A&E.
PAU is a crazily busy place, but it runs like clockwork! Student nurse Michaela was amazingly attentive. The school teacher was also wonderful at helping take our daughter's mind off what was happening. A smooth admission to Bergholt was facilitated as they obviously work very closely with each other.
After a brief stay and another round of IV antibiotics we were discharged with oral antibiotics - again well cared for and informed. The consultant ordered a few tests however these were not explained and I had to ask the nurse what they were.....and that scared the life out of me! Still no indication as to what the consultant thinks may be wrong...and just a case of waiting for appointments for the tests. We do have one appointment for a plain old ultrasound in 3 weeks time - the consultant didn't mention an ultrasound so who knows where that has come from!
Unfortunately today during a routine urine dip (to ensure last set of medication had worked) it was found that again our daughter has high levels of infection in her urine. Our GP has sent the consultant a letter to tell her of this new UTI - will there be any kind of urgency put on her case due to a few UTI's since April...I doubt it. The untold damage which could be happening to her kidneys from the 2 instances of pyelonephritis and a possible 3rd seemed to concern the GP, but no one else seems bothered. Let's see if the consultant even acknowledges this new UTI!
I have so much praise for the hospital, they are amazing, however a young family has been left scared and apprehensive that there are serious problems with our five year old and no sense of urgency even though it has been said time and time again that recurrent UTI's can cause irreparable scarring on the kidneys.