"Nurse tried to persuade me to have unwanted treatment"

About: Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / Accident and emergency Royal Bournemouth General Hospital / Urology

(as the patient),

I woke up in the night with extreme kidney pain and assumed, correctly, that it was a kidney stone. I went to A & E and whilst waiting for treatment was asked to drink fluid to try and flush the stone. This I did and the pain disappeared. When I informed the staff, they suggested that I remain in for a day for observation to ensure that it didn't return to which I agreed.

A nurse then came with an intravenous needle and was about to put it into my arm to which I refused. I was told that it was hospital policy and on asking why was told it was in case they had to administer drugs quickly. I asked if I had some tropical disease that stopped me taking drugs orally and said that if it was required they could do it when needed, only with my consent. She said it was also used to supply intravenous fluids to which I replied "refer to my first answer". After an argument she said that I could not be admitted without it at which point I said "OK - bye". She then relented and advised me to stay without it to which I agreed.

The moral of this story is take control of your own treatment. Hospital workers are not god. They are there to advise you. The decision as to what happens is yours, not theirs. I felt like they were trying to persuade me to accept unnecessary/unwanted procedures and treatment.

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