"Nurse who called us through to endoscopy unit"

About: Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

Unfortunately we didn't know the name of above but two inappropriate remarks.

Why was I there?

My reply reflux to which they said had I thought of going on a diet. I was deeply offended as I have struggled with my weight all my life and I am currently seeking bariatric help and lost ten stone and put back 6 partly because of my bipolar meds.

Secondly what did I hope to gain from the endoscopy and what did I think the findings would be.

I was astounded by this and said I could answer that if I was the doctor!!

All the other staff were very nice indeed a lovely consultant and a lovely nurse who was very reassuring. I was pleased that I managed the procedure without any problems and I think all concerned were also pleased.

Marina Turnbull.

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Response from Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre

Dear Mrs Turnbull

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent experience with us.

At Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment centre we aim to provide a high quality, individualised patient focused service ensuring every patient is treated with the care and respect they deserve (and which we would all want for ourselves) so I can only offer apologies if you found the questions of one staff member inappropriate.

It is our policy (as part of our patient safety checks to ensure we have the right patient for the right procedure), to always ask the patient to confirm what procedure they have attended for and what outcome they hoped to achieve. This enables us to assess if the patient has been made fully aware of the procedure and what it can and cannot achieve to ensure when they consent, they are making an informed choice. It is important however, that staff address their questions appropriately and I am sure if it had been explained to you why you were being asked, you would not have felt them inappropriate. The comment about losing weight whilst technically correct as this can improve symptoms, must be made in an appropriate manner and at a suitable time and I can see how this could be viewed as offensive when you had not had time to build a rapport with the staff member. Please accept our apologies for this miscommunication. I can confirm that this has been shared with the team and hope that your experience will be taken on board to prevent similar miscommunication issues.

It was lovely to hear that apart from this incident, you were very happy with the high quality of the care you received.

Kind regards

Trudy Craig-Patient Quality and Safety Manager

T: 01749 733612


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