"Minor surgical procedure"
About: Borders General Hospital / General Surgery (Ward 7) Borders General Hospital General Surgery (Ward 7) TD6 9BS NHS Scotland NHS Scotland
Posted by Superhuman (as ),
I was admitted for a planned biopsy which required a general anaesthetic. The procedure should take about 10 minutes.
Firstly the good things - staff were excellent, took my concerns on board, put me in a side room for the day due to my cigarette smoke allergy causing me wheezing in the main room, from surgeon to anaesthetist to nurses and orderlies, everyone was fantastic.
Now for the "needing improvement" - I had a preop assessment two weeks prior to the procedure. I received a letter for my appointment, followed by a letter saying I was on the list to get an appointment (unnecessary duplication).
I was told to come in for 7:30am. I had nothing to eat or drink from 6pm the night before as required. On arrival I was informed it would be at least 3pm before I was taken to theatre so I was expected to sit around all day. I don't think that this is acceptable for many people, especially as you rapidly become dehydrated in the stuffy hospital environment and cannot drink.
I saw the doctor, surgeon, anaesthetist, nurse, another nurse over a period of about 3 hours. As I said before, all staff are super but I think the system just is totally inefficient and not patient focussed at all. I understand that major ops must be first to allow for ITU and transfer to wards but for goodness sake why can you not allocate one or two days a week for minor procedures/day cases and have some come in first thing and others after lunch?
I have the impression everything is organised to fit with management procedure and with a total disregard to patient comfort. By 9:30 am I already had a headache from the dehydration and am sure this must be a problem for many patients.