I had my surgery under general anesthetic around 11:30am and didn't come round until about 2pm, following which I was given my lunch. My chaperone (my friend) wasn't available to collect me until after work at 5:20pm. I was advised by the nurse that I couldn't stay in the hospital room until 5:20pm and might need to wait in the reception for my friend to collect me.
Shortly after eating my lunch, when I was still drowsy from the anesthetic, i was encouraged to get changed in case they needed to move me somewhere else and give someone else the bed. I felt rushed and vulnerable. It felt like I was in an NHS hospital, taking up somebody else's bed.
I was't going to ask my friend to take the day off work and wait around for me to call her to collect me at any time because I was advised that I wouldn't know what time my operation would be until the day. So, I knew of several people who could collect but not until after work. This seems completely reasonable given that my operation time was unconfirmed until about one hour before it happened. ...
Jasmin S - 24 November 2019