Man collapses with ruptured appendix... three weeks after NHS doctors 'took it out'Is it too much to ask that NHS surgeons should be qualified to know how to cut out an appendix? It is, after all, considered routine these days.
After weeks of excruciating pain, Mark Wattson was understandably relieved to have his appendix taken out.
Doctors told him the operation was a success and he was sent home.
But only a month later the 35-year-old collapsed in agony and had to be taken back to Great Western Hospital in Swindon by ambulance.
To his shock, surgeons from the same team told him that not only was his appendix still inside him, but it had ruptured - a potentially fatal complication.
In a second operation it was finally removed, leaving Mr Wattson fearing another organ might have been taken out during the first procedure.
A spokesman for Great Western Hospital confirmed that a representative had met Mr Wattson and that an investigation had been started.Don't we just #welovethenhs
He was unable to confirm what, if anything, was removed in the first operation.
Fortunately the admin staff, for they are muchly plentiful, are right on the ball.
Paul Gearing, deputy general manager for general surgery at Great Western Hospital NHS Trust, said: 'We are unable to comment on individual cases.Stock reply.
'However, we would like to apologise if Mr Wattson felt dissatisfied with the care he received at Great Western Hospital.'Would he like to take part in our client satisfaction survey? Here's a questionnaire.
Source: Daily Mail