"Colorectal surgery"

About: Kettering General Hospital / Colorectal surgery

(as the patient),

I recently had my operation. I had been fully informed of the procedure (both the pre-op nurse Kim and my consultant and surgeon Mr Kelkar's reassurance, advice, information and support helped a lot).

Preliminaries on the day were kept to the minimum, and the anaesthetist was also very reassuring. Everything went according to plan and I was back in Deene Ward B in the evening after an afternoon operation.

It was appreciated that the surgeon Mr Kelkar rang my husband that evening to reassure him that all went well. The surgeon's care and attention certainly encouraged a positive attitude on my part and a desire to follow the Enhanced Recovery Programme for patients (a helpful little booklet). My rapid recovery was also due to the excellent care and advice from the nursing staff and ward assistants. Even though they were all extremely busy they seemed to make time for everyone.

My last day was spent in Geddington Ward, which was very different from the busyness and bustle of Deene Ward B, and I was discharged 3 days after surgery. It was good to receive a check-up phone call from Mr Kelkar two days later. I continue to follow the advice I was given, and each day there is a noticeable improvement.

Many thanks to those who helped me during my stay at Kettering General.

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Response from Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your feedback regarding your recent colorectal surgery at KGH. I have shared your comments with the surgical and nursing team. We wish you a speedy recovery.

Kind regards, Amanda Harris, Patient Experience Lead.

Thank you for your feedback regarding your experience of commencing chemotherapy at KGH. The team strive to ensure that when patients move between different elements of cancer care that the experience is supported and as seamless as possible. Your comments will be shared with the chemotherapy team and are appreciated.

Regards Lead Nurse Emma Mills, on behalf of the Centenary Wing & CSSTU.

Update posted by Bsy Bee (the patient)

Thanks Amanda and Emma for your responses. Assume these are standard replies as I am not expecting to receive chemotherapy Emma.