As some people may know, I recently underwent planned surgery to have my gall bladder removed. I saw this opportunity to make the most of looking at nursing are through the eyes of a patient. I have to say that the overall experience was a positive one!

Just after Christmas I experienced a severe biliary colic which resulted in a trip to A&E in Wales. It was after this that I was told that I would more than likely need my gallbladder removed via surgery. The only issue I had was that I was receiving care in Wales but lived in Leicester! It was a quick rush to get myself registered at my local GP and to then make an appointment to explain what had happened. Due to me moving from England to Wales, there was no previous history and information for the GP so I had to explain what had happened and hope that it was taken seriously. I was booked in for an ultrasound and I was able to go to appointments around placement as they did evening ones!
I was told that I would be put on the waiting list but I would probably be waiting some time due to the aftermath of the winter pressures. I got told that the hospital was 3 months behind, but in all honesty I wasn’t waiting as long as I thought I would be! I was still prescribed painkillers for further attacks and I was kept in the loop about my care which I appreciated.

My pre-op happened and I was able to ask any questions I had, I met the consultant who would be conducting the surgery and I was given more information do to the morning of my surgery. I am lucky that I was able to plan my surgery around my summer break and would only have to miss one week of lectures which I am able to catch up on! It was so easy to be able to speak to my personal tutor so I was able to have my leave authorised.
On the day of my surgery I was welcomed by staff and one of the main things that I remember was that they were smiling. They made sure I knew what was going on and I was never left on my own for too long! It was nice to be in an environment where it was apparent that the staff working there loved their jobs!

I am now one week post op and so far it is going well! I had fab aftercare put in place and can’t wait to get back to my usual routine! I am so thankful for the NHS for sorting me out.