About: Dorset County Hospital

I had a colonoscopy a few weeks ago and virtually echo the sentiments of a previous review. The preceding "clear out" was probably the worst part (I had the quick version, only starting the day before), but more of nuisance value than anything. There was a thorough briefing before the procedure from a nurse who clearly knew their subject inside out (so to speak) and the procedure was carried out by a great team who managed to ease ones natural nervousness but always very professional, with consultant and assistant and the nurse continuously monitoring me. I opted for the gas-type sedation (recommended - you have control, and it wears off pretty well immediately afterwards).

Discomfort, for me at least, was no worse than a bout of flatulence.

Afterwards I spent some time in the recovery area (with tea and biscuits !) although actually I felt I could have walked out pretty well straight away. Would it have been any better in a private hospital ? I rather doubt it. Full marks to all

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Response from Dorset County Hospital

Hello and thank you for taking the time to review our Diagnostic Endoscopy service.

I am really glad to hear that the colonoscopy was carried out professionally and with so little discomfort for you.

Our staff are always grateful to receive feedback and I will pass on your comments to them.

Best Wishes, Sarah Silverton, Patient & Public Experience Lead, Dorset County Hospital

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