"Poor Discharge ward 53"
About: Victoria Hospital / General Surgery Victoria Hospital General Surgery KY2 5AH
Posted by The hew guy (as ),
Firstly I would like to state that the nursing care I received before and after operation was excellent, however the discharge was the opposite. On day of discharge a nurse entered my room stated that I had to pack my bags and sit in a waiting room while waiting on my drugs. I had to sit for 2 and a half hours on a hard plastic chair while waiting on the medications and a lift home. I was only 2 days post major bowel surgery and was told to rest when needed which I found bizare as how can you rest when being made to sit in a plastic chair? The whole time I felt really uncomfortable with pain which gradually got worse by the time I was able to go home. when I eventually got home I could barely stand and felt ill with the pain. Not once did a nurse come to ask if I was ok. Not once was this discussed on admission that this is what would happen. I feel that this was a contributing factor to me being readmitted the next night after discharge due to severe pain and a high temperature. Also no observations where carried out on my leaving the ward.
I also would have appreciated if I was instructed in wound care as I was provided with no instructions in how to keep my wounds clean and what concerns I should look out for in regards to infection.
I would also like to state that at my initial appointment with the consultant I was made to understand that after operation I would be relatively in little pain and feeling well however it wasn't until I was readmitted when a different consultant informed me that patients with my condition where likely to have high temperature and drowsiness. So when I did feel this way my partner and myself were worried I had an infection.