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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Darlington hospital update 2, Tuesday

Pre op report.

9:00 am - after early breakfast a suited guy I have not seen before comes to foot of bed, I am sat in chair. He reads my notes for a couple of minutes, never even looks at me then goes away. Five minutes later he comes back with a yellow questionnaire form and starts asking me questions. After the first two answers I say to him " who are you?"

" the registrar" he replies and continues with the questions. That's about it. I just hope his medical skills are better than his inter-personal ones.p

14 comments:

gimmer said...

maybe he was just over-awed by your presence
or , alternatively, just straight out of the Spratt school
make sure they work on the right (as in 'correct') arm

charlie allen said...

My name is Charlie Allen, I work a the Hare and Hounds in Westgate in Weardale. I would like with your permission to write up a short news report for the Weardale Gazette about your visit here. I hope your operation goes well today and you have a speedy recovery. Do let me know if it's OK for me to write up your story. Best wishes Charlie.

afootinthehills said...

Sir Hugh - Awful behaviour from the registrar. Gimmer is right - get them to mark your arm!

Catherine Bell said...

Eeeh hell I thought you would have been sorted and home by now! Hope you've had your op today and on the road to recovery!

John J said...

Some folk just don't have any manners at all.
Best wishes for, well, everything!

Sir Hugh said...

All - op ok. He said it was quie fragmented and couldn't really go back classic jig-saw style. One of the worst nights of my life last night after aenesthetic worn off, but better now this pm. Not sure how tonight will go.

Phreerunner said...

Sue now back safely from Cape Verde. Thoughts were with you last night, as that was when we were planning to intercept you en route and pass over our house keys whilst we looked after grandchildren for a while. And we'll be thinking of you tonight as we chomp Alastair's no doubt experimental meal, to which we were hoping you would attend.
Hopefully you'll just be a bit late passing through here, rather than a 'no show'.

gimmer said...

Well, good to hear from you - 'we' were wondering if something unusual had happened - did they not offer you morphine or, at the least, tramadol ?
And we hope that mending and pain relief will proceed in good order

Phreerunner said...

Sue (NHS pharmacist) makes the following observations:
1. There's currently a wide reaching campaign that appears not to have reached Darlington:

The “hello my name is” campaign was created by Dr Kate Granger MBE, a registrar in elderly medicine who had terminal cancer. Dr Granger started the campaign in August 2013 after she became frustrated with the number of staff who failed to introduce themselves to her when she was an inpatient with post-operative sepsis.
Dr Granger asked frontline NHS staff to make a pledge to introduce themselves in future to their patients. She used social media to help kick start the campaign and created the hashtag #hellomynameis. (She died in July 2016)

2. Sue was amazed that you had to endure post operative pain. Did they not consider a 'PCA' (Patient Controlled Analgesia) which allows you to press a button to receive a small dose of painkiller when you are in pain? It could have been set up during the operation. (It would be surprising if the surgeon thought you would not suffer from pain when the anaesthetic wore off!)

Good luck - it can only get better...

Sir Hugh said...

All re pain control - in fairness I had fouri doses of liquid Orofilok I think it s called, I.e. Morphine. That was on request from me pressing the nurse call, but pre-prescribed by doctors, BUT it just didn't seem to do the trick except for the last on just before I got up which sent me into a sort of trance and a one hour pseudo sleep ckombined with almost total pain relief. A couple more hours later I was back to my normal self, with just minor soreness and niggling, and half an hour ago had more Paracetamol and Ibuprofen with promise of more Oromol later this evening and night if required.. So, it is not entireLy Thep fault of the hospital, the stuff jus didn't work.

Sir Hugh said...

All re pain control - in fairness I had fouri doses of liquid Orofilok I think it s called, I.e. Morphine. That was on request from me pressing the nurse call, but pre-prescribed by doctors, BUT it just didn't seem to do the trick except for the last on just before I got up which sent me into a sort of trance and a one hour pseudo sleep ckombined with almost total pain relief. A couple more hours later I was back to my normal self, with just minor soreness and niggling, and half an hour ago had more Paracetamol and Ibuprofen with promise of more Oromol later this evening and night if required.. So, it is not entireLy Thep fault of the hospital, the stuff jus didn't work.

afootinthehills said...

Good to hear that you've at last had your op Conrad. I hope all heals up nicely and you don't continue to suffer post op pain.

gimmer said...

Everybody has different needs / pain thresholds at different times and that's how it should be controlled - the PCA system mentioned above is now pretty common for post-op control and 'really works' - like 'Sue', I'm somewhat bemused you didn't get it automatically : maybe they thought it wouldn't be necessary for your condition (ha!).
When the agent is morphine, they have to stop you wanting it for too long , as you can imagine ! When it's diamorphine, you have it until you never feel pain ag... ... ... .. .
When are you being discharged, or is it too soon to tell ?

bowlandclimber.com said...

Conrad.
Glad the worst is over, your fortitude is to be congratulated. The painkillers are showing up in your typing.
See you soon.