"No information after my husband's surgery"
About: Russells Hall Hospital / Vascular surgery Russells Hall Hospital Vascular surgery DY1 2HQ
Posted by helpless carer (as ),
My husband went in this month (March 2013) and had leg angioplasty. We were told he would be in for 2 days and I adjusted my shifts at work around this information.
He had the procedure in the morning and then lay flat for around 5 hours, he was then discharged. I received a phone call at work to say come and fetch me at 4.10pm and I dashed up there to find him standing outside near the bus stops.
He said no one had discussed aftercare with him, they just asked if he had a carer for next 24 hours and that they needed the bed. He didn't know what pain relief he could take, if he could resume his normal medication, what pain/discomfort he might experience etc.
As a result I had to take him to A&E a few days later where (after a 6 hour wait) someone discussed his anxieties, advised us on correct pain relief and checked his leg. I had phoned the ward but was told to take him to GP or A&E as they don't have any follow up when a patient is discharged. My husband said it was like a conveyor belt on the day of his procedure.
My husband's pain/mobility is worse than before the procedure and we are booked in to see the GP on Monday because the vascular follow up isn't till May.