"Treatment for skin lesion."
Posted by Devereux (as ),
I noticed a spot on my skin and went to see my GP, who has a special interest in dermatology. After initial treatment by an ointment didn't clear it, I was referred to the Dermatologist at Raigmore Hospital as the GP believed it was a BCC (cancerous growth). I was seen within a short time frame and the Dermatologist confirmed it was a BCC. I was listed for a lesion removal and then received my appointment, again within a short time frame, for its removal at the Surgical Day Case Unit. After the preparatory checks I waited to go into the theatre. The ENT surgeon, who I saw at the clinic, saw me and explained what he would be doing. I then went into the theatre, a very impressive new installation. It was unfortunate that my ID had not been given to me, but it was evidence that the theatre team, were adhering scrupulously to the WHO Patient Safety checklist as part of the surgical PAUSE procedures.
People explained who they were and the procedure started once they had established clearly who I was. I was informed what was happening as the surgeon went through the operation and I could hear various checks going on in the background.
It was all done very professionally and I was offered a cup of tea in the recovery room and the nurse had brought my book I was reading back into the recovery room.
The surgeon then came out and told me what he had done and what I should do now. I was handed the paperwork and ointment for the wound and left the unit 2 hours later.