"An opportunity to practise preventative, multi-disciplinary care was missed."

About: Royal Oldham Hospital / Accident and emergency Tameside General Hospital / General surgery

(as a carer),

My wife attended Tameside Hospital for a perforated eardrum graft. Previously, we had attended a pre-operative appt during which potential side effects were discussed. Despite knowing that my wife is epileptic, the possibility of a seizure was not discussed.

The operation went fine, I think, but three days later, my wife had a serious seizure, which, we were told at Royal Oldham Hospital's A&E dept, was quite possibly caused by the hangover from the general anaesthetic she'd received a few days before.

Why weren't we warned that there was this risk? The seizure has set my wife back weeks and she simply cannot afford to have any more seizures - her brain is injured enough without (presumably avoidable) seizures.

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Response from John Goodenough, Director of Nursing, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for providing us with an outline of your experiences at Tameside Hospital.

In order for us to investigate your concerns further, please do not hesitate to contact our complaints department on 0161 922 6025.

Kind regards

John Goodenough

Director of Nursing

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