About: Royal Alexandra Hospital / General Surgery Royal Alexandra Hospital General Surgery PA2 9PN
Posted by CeeBee (as ),
I was an emergency referral by my GP to RAH in March 2016. I was admitted to ward 20 surgical referral for review of my condition.
I was extremely upset when I was advised there was no access to pain relief via pethidine either in tablet or injection form, the latter being the best to alleviate my acute pain. This was also the case in 2014 when admitted over 4 month period with same condition/ pain. Eventually during this period pethidine by injection was given to me, thankfully.
However yet again in 2016 I'm advised when presenting with acute pain I would need to take my own in tablet form therefore could probably go home. Too ill to go into my 2014 experience I just managed by taking more tablets contrary to as prescribed frequency/ hourly rate by the doctor's advice. The only alternative on offer again was morphine which makes my condition and pain worse.
Surely I can't be the only patient attending the RAH who can't take morphine? I am so concerned now home I intend to take matters further as I dread and fear being ill again. I now have a chronic condition so this is very likely. Also this hospital has a maternity unit and pethidine is widely used in maternity services.
I will discuss my concerns with the consultant when I see her next but in the meantime felt raising this issue was important in this forum.