I had to have a minor operation today, under general anaesthetic. It was carried out at my local NHS hospital.
I had a pre-op 2 weeks ago and I was given clear instructions about what to expect today. I arrived at the hospital at 0730 as directed and met with some other ladies all going for a similar op.
We were greeted politely and taken through to the day surgery ward, there we met our nurse for the day and the plan for the day explained, in clear terms taking into consideration our nerves and ability to take in all they were saying!
The Anaesthetist came along as did the surgeon, again explaining the procedures and asking if we understood/had any questions. It was explained that we would go in order and there would be a wait.
I waited 4 hours before I went for my operation.
When I told this to a friend she was aghast that I waited for so long, I on the other hand was grateful it was only 4 hours as I had been expecting it to be much longer.
Whilst I was there I watched the nurses/hca's and they way they dealt with patients and I saw first hand again what an outstanding job they really do. They were polite, calm, friendly and, most importantly, caring.
Yes, I waited for 4 hours but weighed up with the following that really isn't too much of a negative.
My operation was:
* Free ( not inc my NI contributions!)
* Carried out by a professional
* In a clean and hygienic hospital with all facilities and equipment
I was treated with respect and have had an operation that should make a difference to my health and general day to day living.
I left excellent feedback for the nurses/surgeon as I wanted them to know that they really are appreciated.
I work in the public sector and my particular area has been in the spotlight today. It is hard when you are being constantly criticised, reviewed and generally put down. The media/government are great at jumping all over us when something bad happens, a child dies in hospital, a rapist gets let off, children leave school unable to read but they never comment on the general every day nursing, policing and teaching that goes on and the excellent service that is given day in day out under the cosh of worsening pay and pensions.
Anyway, rant over, I just wanted to say a big thank you to the nurses out there who look after us and make a difficult time bearable : - )