"Gallbladder removal"

About: Scunthorpe General Hospital

I arrived at Ward 27 at 10.30am as I wasn't due to theatre until the afternoon. The staff were lovely, caring and I felt very comfortable.

After my surgery I was taken back to the ward and sat in a chair (bit uncomfortable) I was vomitting and my blood pressure was low. I couldn't open my eyes as they were very sore and felt like they had had sand poured into them. This feeling lasted until the next morning but I was told it was because I was tired (I've never experienced this before but I am always sick after anaesthetic). They put me on a drip to help my fluids.

I was put on 15 min observations and was kept a close eye on. They said I wouldn't be going home and transferred me to Ward 28. The night staff on ward 28 were lovely, and checked on me frequently.

In the morning I was still in immense pain, could only manage a couple of spoonfuls of porridge and a sip of tea. The registrar came and saw me, said I should be OK to go home, but to see how I felt later on and could stay in if I still wasn't good, and my blood pressure was still low.

Half an hour later I was told I was being discharged, to get dressed and go in the day room as they needed my bed and my husband was on his way to collect me. I had no assistance and it was only because a HCA saw me struggling, that I got help walking to the day room and carrying my bag. I was sat an hour in an uncomfortable chair, as my husband and been told to collect me at 11am (I was discharged at 10am).

I wasn't given any information on what to expect pain wise, when to remove my dressings etc. They were in too much of a rush to get rid of me.

My overall treatment from my 1st visit to my GP to surgery has been 1st class. Very quick and very good, it's just a shame about my discharge treatment.

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Response from Scunthorpe General Hospital

Hello, thank you for your comments, which have been shared with the department manager. I'm sorry to hear about your experience of being discharged, if you'd like this to be looked into further please can you contact our patient advice and liaison team on (01724) 290132.

Kind regards,

Sarah Mainprize

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