"Life Saving Emergency Heart Surgery"
About: Royal Sussex County Hospital Royal Sussex County Hospital Brighton BN2 5BE
Posted by Tony Larlham
On 3rd September 2015, I was transferred from Eastbourne Hospital A&E, for an Aortic Dissection repair.
I knew nothing about any of this as I was already unconscious.
The Cardiac surgery team were waiting for me in the early hours of Thursday morning, & took me to theatre for several hours of surgery, including valve replacement, and a coronary bypass graft.
A few days later a pacemaker was fitted.
I suffered a couple of setbacks with short term kidney failure & a chest infection whilst in ICU.
The surgery saved my life, without a doubt. The quality of care I received in the ICU on level 7, & elsewhere were second to none. I have since made a good recovery, although not likely to be 100% fit again,
This is a very old hospital, with some new bits, but essentially 100+ years old. Despite the hardships faced by patients and clinical staff alike due to the outdated facilities in some departments, the standard of care is commendably high.