I had an operation for a Subdural Haematoma 3 months ago. I can't fault the treatment in hospital
but received very little information about what had been done and the symptoms I was likely to experience on leaving hospital. This has caused me considerable anxiety. Obviously the hospital has realised there is a need to do better. I had a phone call from them saying they hoped in the future to
counsel patients on leaving and to have weekly follow up phone calls. However this service would depend on NHS funding and it is too late for me. The form that accompanied me only said I was to have the stitches out 6 days later and stop taking aspirin for 6 months ( I took 2 .75 a week). The pain is considerable and variable. You think you are getting better then have a really bad day. Even a leaflet telling patients what to expect would be helpful. It was only when I asked a pharmacist if I could take Ibuprofen that I found out this could cause bleeding. No follow up appointment is offered. The OT has been very helpful but I had to wait ages to see my GP and the reassurance of seeing a Consultant would have been good. My GP tells me the headaches could go on for a year.