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About: Colchester General Hospital

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I first saw my GP 2006/2007 with bad abdomen pains, she made me an appointment at the hospital, could not find anything, this went on for around four years and around September of 2010 I was told by a registrar that they did not want to do any more invasive procedures, all I had in that amount of time was a camera up and down the only invasive procedures that I had had.

he then went on to produce a photo of my insides and pointed to a spot and said ah look a baby. I returned to my GP around 6 months latter with same problems so she got involved personally and when she did I was eventually offered a scan, they then found my problem, yes it was a cancer called a carcinoid in my small bowel, I was told that it was just a small tumour and that they would remove it, however I then had to undergo a further six months of tests and three more CT scans and two nuclear scans, I was taken in at the end of January 2012 for surgery, they did a laparoscopic procedure but I had to sign a form so that if needed they could revert to an open surgery and fit me up on a bag. came round from that to find that nothing had been done, then they booked me in for the main surgery for march however they had to take me in e week after I had come out due to all the pain I was in. I eventually found out in the July of 2012 that they had removed around six foot of my small bowel/ my ascending colon and appendix. the ward I was on was diabolical as were a few of the nurses, the food was utterly awful as well as cold. if it was not for my Lovely GP getting involved then I recon I would still be trying to get a diagnosis. I was also left in pain without medication for it

if I ever have to go into that hospital again, I would hope that my GP would give me a choice of hospitals

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Response from Colchester General Hospital

I apologise you’ve not had a good patient experience.

We really try hard to improve our services based on the comments we receive from our patients

We would like the opportunity to discuss your experiences more fully and to apologise in person. If you are willing I would appreciate it if I could ask the matron to contact you. Could you email me and tell me the ward you were on please?

Many thanks


Paul Searle, Head of Communications

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust


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