"Getting blood taken and ending up with a haematoma"

About: Monklands District General Hospital / Pre Operative Assessment

(as the patient),

I am on medication for my skin and every month I need to get bloods taken. In early September, I got blood taken which resulted in my going to A&E as my arm has swollen up and I could hardly move my arm. I was in a lot of pain. They said I had a haematoma. Went to my GP the next day who put me on a course of antibiotics to stop infection. I have had to take two days off work as I was unable to drive. I still am unable to move my arm without a lot of pain. Having to take painkillers every 4 hours and anti sickness tablets. My arm is one big bruise. I can't believe this could happen from a simple blood test.

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Response from Karen Black, Senior Nurse, Surgical & Critical Care, Monklands Hospital, NHS Lanarkshire

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Dear Kara K

Thank you for posting your comments on Patient Experience.

I can clearly see that you are understandably upset, from your recent experience having your bloods taken in the Pre-assessment unit in Monklands. I would there greatly appreciate if you could contact me to allow me to be of assistance.

Telephone; 01236 748748, Ext;4089

Warmest Regards


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