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Basildon Hospital was so bad, I left
8:00am Wednesday 5th September 2012 in News
A WOMAN who needs urgent surgery discharged herself from Basildon Hospital after claiming her treatment was appalling.
Chloe Chesterton, 22, said she had been misdiagnosed, sent to the wrong ward, given too many doses of strong painkillers and given the wrong scans during her seven-day stay.
Despite being in agony with an englarged spleen, Miss Chesterton insisted she had to discharge herself.
She said: “I’m in so much pain, but I just couldn’t stand it any more.
“After five days, I was still on the wrong ward and the doctor hadn’t even read my notes when she came to speak to me.
Miss Chesterton, of Deneway, Vange, was born with a blood disorder called spherocytosis.
After developing chronic stomach pains and vomiting, she visited an emergency GP, who wrote a letter to take with her to Basildon Hospital, explaining she needed to be admitted urgently.
However, despite taking the letter with her to the hospital on Sunday, August 26, Miss Chesterton waited five hours in A&E before she was admitted – to a gynaecology ward. She waited another five hours before she was seen by medical staff.
It is thought staff admitted Miss Chesteron to the gynaecology ward because she had recently had a pregnancy terminated for medical reasons.
However, Miss Chesterton remained on the ward for seven days, where she underwent gynaecology scans and tests, despite repeatedly telling doctors about her long-standing medical condition.
Despite being unable to stand due to the chronic pain and vomiting constantly, Miss Chesterton is adamant she will not return to the hospital.
A spokeswoman for Basildon Hospital said: “We take care to carry out tests and further investigations to make sure each patient gets seen by the appropriate speciality doctor, to rule out any alternate possible medical condition.
“In doing so there are policies and procedures which we are obliged to follow. If Miss Chesterton wants to discuss any aspect of her care or treatment, she can contact our Patient Advice and Liaison Service.”