"Spinal Surgery - It took a while but was worth the..."

About: King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill)

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King's College at last. After 6 months of lost records & unreturned calls with a lot of help from PALS, I finally made it.

I can now say it was worth every minute of the wait. The treatment was superb in every way. From the Neurosurgeons to the ladies bringing round the tea, without exception the staff were terrific. A really special thank you to the nurses, always there whether you needed pain relief, or a cup of tea at 4 in the morning.

When I was admitted I was anticipating just a laminectomy, during my consultation this was upgraded on the advice of the neurosurgeon to include a spinal fusion. This surprised me. A cynical part of me had assumed that I would only receive the minimum necessary treatment, I admit I was utterly wrong.

A stay in Murray Falconer ward at Kings quickly gives you an insight into the the problems caused by trying to allocate such limited resources. While I still believe that King's could greatly improve their communications process, having seen at first hand the severity of cases competing for the beds, I would no longer complain about the delay in my treatment or the postponements.

Must take it easy for now, but hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back to living a completely full and happy life. A big thank you to the King's College team who perform near miracles on an everyday basis and give so many people their lives back.

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Response from King's College Hospital (Denmark Hill)

Thank you for taking the time to comment about your care and treatment at King's College Hospital. I am sorry that you had difficulties with communication and I am pleased that PALS were able to assist you. It is good to hear about the things that we have done well and I will pass your kind comments om to the neurosurgical teams. I hope that you are continueing to recover and wish you the very best.

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