I have been on this site for some time but haven't posted in a while. Just felt I needed to share my latest experience with you.
Three weeks ago, I was blue lighted to A & E with unbelievable back pain and headache. The ambulance crew felt that I had a kidney stone and gave me gas and air on the way in. When I got to A&E, I was taken through to majors and basically ignored. I was begging for pain relief, even the gas and air that I had but they said I could have nothing until doc had seen me. After two hours they gave me some oramorph. This did absolutely nothing to ease the pain, cannot describe how bad it was. After another two hours, doc examined me and diagnosed kidney stone and immediately gave me IV Morphine, it was wonderful!!!!, pain eased within two minutes. I was taken to a ward, a short while later I passed the stone, but had a CT to see if there was another, which there wasn't but had a nasty kidney infection. I was given IV antiobiotics for 3 days then sent home with antibiotic tablets. Unfortunately while I was on the ward they seemed to have an aversion giving me all my Lupus and Hughes meds, so ended up with certain withdrawel from some of them which really did not help with everything else. Had to go to my GP following day to get my INR checked but felt really awful when I go up next morning, really severe headache. Went down to surgery and doc examined me and again was blue lighted into hospital with suspected meningitis. Had to go straight to AMU and was put on IV antibiotics and antivirals because they were not sure which type of meningitis I had. Could not do a lumbar puncture because my INR was 4.2, so had to wait a couple of days for it to come down (they could also have given me Vit K to expediate this was no one did). Had lumbar puncture after 3 days and it was confirmed as Viral meningitis. Meds stopped because no point, came home and am just taking it easy to get over it now. Feeling very tired and headachy but ok.
People go on about how bad NHS hospitals are now and I never really believed it, having worked as a nurse until my ill health retirement just over a year ago, but I'm afraid I do now, cannot defend the treatment I received, was horrified. Just hope my elderly parents never have to go into hospital, cos I do not think they would come out. Sorry but that's how I feel.