"Day case surgery"

About: Darlington Memorial Hospital

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My concern is regarding the length of time a patient is allowed to recover following anaesthetic. I had a Mastectomy and axilliary clearance and to be quite truthful I was a bit concerned about my length of stay post operative. Like most people when you are listed as a day case patient you want to go home that day but if you were unwell then you would be prepares to stay. My experience is that I was late going to theatre for my operation ( approx 3pm ) so therefore I did not return to the ward until about 17 35. I was given coffee and toast. Which was very nice. I rested on the bed about 90 mins and then I was asked if I would like to get up. I agreed thinking I was going to sit in a chair for a while but the nurse brought me my clothes to put on. My husband helped with these and I had no sooner got them on then the nurse came and gave me my discharge information and then told me I could go home. At that point I had been up approx 5 mins I had a drain in and as far as I am concerned I had fairly major surgery. I had. No information about the care of the drain, no one checked my dressing on. Discharge and no one checked my blood pressure which to me are all very important. I had a wound check and 1 blood pressure reading carried out when I came back from theatre and that was it!! The main reason why I am writing in is to do with the length of stay post operative. I think that some procedures take more out of a patient than others and that we are all different in how we recover. Maybe the guidlines for certain procedures need to be addressed. In this instance when I was discharged I was very "shakey " but I managed to make it to the car with the help of my family but some people may not be as lucky.

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Response from Darlington Memorial Hospital

Thank you for providing feedback on your recent admission to Darlington Memorial Hospital in May 2013. I am so sorry to read that you are concerned with the length of time you were given to recover following your procedure. We would very much welcome the opportunity to discuss your concerns with you. If you feel this would be useful please contact the Trust’s Patient Experience Team on 0800 7835774. If you would prefer to contact us by e-mail, our address is patient.experience@cddft.nhs.uk Alternatively, you can write to us at the following address: - Patient Experience Team Darlington Memorial Hospital Hollyhurst Road Darlington County Durham DL3 6HX If you do decide to contact us, please make us aware that you have left comments on the NHS Choices website. The Trust is grateful for all feedback, positive or negative, as it means we can better understand what is important to our patients. Thank you for leaving your comments on NHS Choices. Patient Experience Team County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Tel: 0800 7835774

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