"Severe pain in lower bowels fails to set off alarm bells at Gold Coast Hospital"

About: Gold Coast University Hospital

(as the patient),

I went to Gold Coast Hospital on a Tuesday afternoon with massive pains on the left hand side of my lower bowels. At about 2.00am Wednesday I was told that I had diverticulitis and was sent home after a Panadol was given to me and a pack of antibiotics. This was done by the medical registrar of the night. The next evening being Wednesday at about 6.30 pm the pain was still there and a fever at around 39 degrees was diagnosed by me at home. I returned to the Gold Coast Hospital and at about 10.00 pm was told that I had formed an abscess on my bowel where the diverticulitis was and it had burst, thus filling my body up with faeces. This had reached my lunges by this time. I was told it was serious and that I had a 10% chance of dying. Thank God they started 3 sets of different antibiotics, thus killing the germs and my bowels repairing themselves. I went home a week later. The medical registrar of the Tuesday night was there again on the Wednesday night. It seemed she did not have the hide to approach me as she had nearly sent me to my grave. I put my complaint in and never heard a thing back from it.

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