About: Royal Hampshire County Hospital Royal Hampshire County Hospital Winchester SO22 5DG
Posted by Mike Sayburn
What I liked
Three weeks ago, on 25th Jan, I was unfortunate enough to fall off my bike on a patch of diesel & break my femur.
My partner took me to A&E at RHCH. All the A&E staff were very kind, pleasant & efficient, & were especially quick to help when I fainted in the examination room!
I was quickly moved up to Bartlett Ward. Again, everyone was extremely professional & helpful. By 13:00, I was being prepped for surgery. I’ve had some pretty torrid times in hospital surgical in the past, but this was absolutely fantastic. Rather than having a general, the operation was done by epidural. Being aware of what is going on really is so much better. The operating theatre staff were chatty & welcoming. I spent the operation marvelling at what was happening, chatting most of the time to the anaesthetist, who was really excellent & most reassuring. The consultant was brilliant, really confidence inspiring.
I came back on to the ward feeling much better than I’d anticipated. There was plenty of pain relief available & nothing was too much trouble for the excellent nursing staff.
After a reasonable night, and then bed rest on the Wednesday (even hospital food is better than I remember), the physiotherapists had me up & about by 08:00 on the Thursday. Fantastic – it was clear these guys were there because they care about patients, rather than just doing a job! I was allowed to go home on Thursday afternoon. By the following Monday 31st, I was back in work.
All in all, this has been a great experience. All the medical, nursing & ancillary staff are a credit, from the Consultant Surgeon down to the happy young lad on the portering staff who wheeled me down to get picked up to go home. Thank you again!
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