"Meckel's diverticulitis diagnosis and medical certificate"
About: Fiona Stanley Hospital Fiona Stanley Hospital Murdoch 6150
Posted by augustbp66 (as ),
After many years presenting at EDs in WA with appendicitis-like symptoms, one surgeon finally bothered to investigate thoroughly & located a Meckel's diverticulum recently at Fiona Stanley Hospital, which was of stomach tissue and causing me a lot of grief and pain. I would like to wholeheartedly acknowledge her for this - she is an angel. Not only did she find it, but instead of going ahead and resecting my bowel to remove it, she sought advice from a senior to her and together they found they could remove the pouch and staple. That action in itself - seeking advice - saved me additional recovery issues. I am forever indebted to this surgeon and would like her actions to be acknowledged.
I am also wanting to make a strong complaint regarding a medical officer. Despite the surgeon on rotation telling me that I required 7-10 days off work and they would organise a medical certificate for me (I work full-time), this particular medical officer took it upon themselves to give me a certificate for 2 days from discharge. Despite the nurse in transit lounge communicating with the medical officer that my Meckel's required bowel surgery and is not normal diverticulitis, and the surgeon had told me 7-10 days, they refused to acknowledge the error of their ways. Their actions caused me great distress whilst being discharged from emergency bowel surgery - unnecessary stress at a time when stress should have been minimised. Their actions require addressing and I believe they need to be disciplined and held accountable.