Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust

01483 571122 Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Road , Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XX

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 3 ratings for this trust

3.5 Stars

3.5 out of 5 stars

NHS Choices users' overall rating
Based on 3 ratings for this trust


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Martin from Sandhurs gave Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust a rating of 1 stars

Discharge at earliest opportunity was their only concern

Having experienced poor care during outpatients appointments, I hoped that my inpatient experience for major surgery would be more appropriate. Instead, it was worse.
From the time I left the operating theatre, the primary concern of all staff was to discharge me at the earliest opportunity, and it seemed that this was going to occur regardless of whether or not it was appropriate for my health.
When I arrived on the ward, the bed was wheeled into place and after a quick BP/temperature/SATS check, I was left alone.Four hours later, at midnight, I found that my bed was soaked in blood which was leaking from a stomach drain wound (I didn't even know at that point that I had a stomach drain, as no-one had taken five minutes to share information with me). The dressing was changed and I was left alone. No nursing staff came to see me again, until I used the help button at 5.30am for a repeat of the same problem. Again the dressing was changed.
At the early morning doctor rounds, I had a junior doctor arrive; he had not been involved in my operation and I had not met him previously. Without any physical check of my condition he declared that I could leave by the evening, less than 24 hours after surgery. My open wound continued to bleed for the rest of the day, but at no point did the nursing staff indicate that anything other than an early discharge might be considered. Worryingly, a patient on the same ward received constant attention throughout the day in dealing with his constipation, while I was largely ignored.
With a catheter in place, I was supplied with bags for daytime and night time use, plus a supply of syringes for daily use, and some pain killers. By 3pm I was put under pressure to get my wife to collect me "or we will have to move you to the waiting area". As I was naturally keen to be at home, I was pleased to be leaving, but if I had known the problems I would face over the next 72 hours I think I would have insisted on seeing a doctor.
Instead, I was discharged. As it transpired, I had a scant supply of painkillers and no replacement dressings for my bleeding wound. Also, I was given very little information about my surgery outcome.
Arriving home and with Easter fast approaching, I contacted the hospital about the lack of dressings, and was told they would post some to me the next day. They were posted, but not for 7 days, arriving 10 days after they had been requested. There were four dressings - as I was having to have the dressing changed three times a day, this was really quite an amazing "gesture". Without these, my wife had to trawl around local pharmacies to find suitable dressings (at some considerable cost, I might add), and we then did our best to care for an open bleeding wound in a non-sterile environment.
Since being discharged, no-one from the hospital has contacted me to determine how I have progressed, or otherwise, but why would they? After all, they got their bed off me within a few hours.

Visited in March 2018. Posted on 05 April 2018

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Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust replied on 09 April 2018

Thank you for your email and for taking the time to share your feedback, which is always gratefully received.

I am sorry to read about your experience at the hospital.

In order for the Trust to investigate this further, please could you email outlining your concerns.

Kind regards,


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Anonymous reviewed Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust

Asthma attack on the road A&E experience

I was driving through Guildford on the A3 and had been struggling with an asthma attack due to my inhaler running out when me and my mother both decided it would be best to seek help and not try to make it home.
The A&E staff immediately put me into the streaming room first due to my trouble breathing. Both nurses in charge were incredibly reassuring and friendly and I immediately was handed a new inhaler and told to wait and see but also to take another dose in ten minutes if needed. The nurse also took my oxygen. One of them checked on my progress after 15 mins and after an hour just to be sure I was allowed to leave. In that time I had time to observe the A&E and cannot commend the staff enough on the job they are doing despite the threat the NHS is under as a whole these days. Incredible hospital and department of you're in distress.

Visited in September 2017. Posted on 11 September 2017

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Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust replied on 23 October 2017

Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your recent experience at Royal Surrey County Hospital.
I'm pleased to read that you were seen and treated efficiently by the team in our A&E department.
Please be assured that your message has been shared with my clinical colleagues and I know they will be delighted to receive your kind words.
Once again, thank you for sharing your views and best wishes for the future.

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Christine Mitchell gave Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust a rating of 5 stars

Endoscopy and Colonscopy

I had the above procedure yesterday and I was really scared. Fortunately it was early morning. The staff we so kind and caring and put me at my ease. I was sedated and though a little aware (like dreaming) - I did not really feel too much and I was put in a recovery room and given a sandwich and a cup of tea which was heaven. My consultant performed the procedures and they must have been exceedingly gentle as I have not had any adverse effects from it - I'm back at work the next day and to be honest I feel a bit of a wimp for being so scared. If you are lucky enough to have this procedure at Royal Guildford Hospital, though I know everyone is different, personally I cannot thank the staff and the Consultant enough for making what could have been a horrendous experience, totally manageable.

Visited in June 2017. Posted on 20 June 2017

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Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust replied on 26 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share feedback on your recent experience at Royal Surrey County Hospital.
Coming into hospital for a procedure can be incredibly daunting, so I am pleased to read that the team were able to put you at ease and make your feel comfortable.
We're incredibly lucky to have such a fantastic team in Endoscopy, who always work incredibly hard to put the patient at the very centre of their care.
I will make sure that your message is passed on to my colleagues in Endoscopy, who I know will be delighted to receive your kind words.
Once again, thank your for your feedback.

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Walton Palace reviewed Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust

The whole of my treatment was excellent

In July of 2016 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and the recommendation of the hospital was that I had a radical prostatectomy. In very quick time (I was away in the US and Canada for 4 weeks of the intervening period) I was given a date for surgery and so I was admitted to the Royal Surrey County Hospital for surgery in late October 2016. The whole of my treatment was excellent, as good as I could have hoped for, from the moment I was admitted to the hospital to the time, about 30 hours later, when I was discharged. Everyone from the surgical team under Mr Patil to the admissions nurse made me feel relaxed and confident about the outcome of the operation, and kept me fully informed about what was going on. My wife and I were particularly touched that both Mr Patil and the recovery nurse took the time to ring her up and let her know that the operation had been successful; it certainly stopped her worrying for longer than was necessary. I have made very good progress in my recovery and much of that is due to the expert care and attention I received at the Royal Surrey.

Visited in November 2016. Posted on 14 February 2017 using Care Opinion

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Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust replied on 20 February 2017

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback on your visit to Royal Surrey County Hospital in July of last year. I am pleased that the staff looked after you so well and kept you full informed. The team will be delighted to read your comments. Thank you for thinking of us.

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Diane gave Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust a rating of 5 stars

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I have had reason to visit the Royal Surrey as an inpatient and on several occasions as an outpatient over the past 2 years. I have received excellent treatment from all the departments that I have been to, which has included x-ray, orthopaedics, the Castle department, endoscopy, Haste, haematology and Nuclear Medicine, all departments were clean and tidy and the staff pleasant and informative. I was an inpatient twice last year on Bramshott Ward and cannot speak highly enough about all the staff from the domestics to the consultants. I was treated with respect and compassion at all times The ward was clean and tidy. I have only one complaint about the hospital and that is the food, it was totally inedible. The other 5 patients that I shared the bay with also complained, to be honest I wouldn't feed a dog the meals that we were served up, however as I was not there for the cuisine but to be made well, and as that was achieved I would recommend the Royal Surrey whole heartedly. I will be having another operation before Christmas , but will be having my meals brought in.!!

Visited in October 2016. Posted on 11 October 2016

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Royal Surrey County NHS Foundation Trust replied on 27 October 2016

Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. I'm glad to hear that you have always had such positive experiences at Royal Surrey. We are lucky to have a great team who do their best every day to provide excellent care. I will share your comments with all the departments mentioned and I know they will be grateful for your kind words. Receiving such an appreciative message means a lot to our staff.

Our kitchens are run by a private organisation, who are responsible for producing over 15 different menu options to cater for around 1,500 patients each day. Here at Royal Surrey we are rather unique in that much of the food that is served is homemade and created on-site by a team of chefs. I am disappointed to read that the food you were served was 'inedible' and I will pass this feedback on.

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