PDH Emergency Department

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Tuesday, 6 August 2013
Mark McIntyre has no doubt about the seriousness of his condition when he was rushed to Portland District Health’s emergency department earlier this year.

Mark McIntyre has no doubt about the seriousness of his condition when he was rushed to Portland District Health’s emergency department earlier this year.

After presenting with severe stomach pains, it was diagnosed that Mr McIntyre had acute colon diverticulitis which was later complicated by perforation and peritonitis.

“I was in major trouble. When you have a perforated bowel you’re on the road to death,” the Portland man said.

Now thanks to the prompt diagnosis, successful surgery and ongoing support at Portland District Health, Mr McIntyre is feeling much better and is recovering beyond his expectations.

Mr McIntyre, whose family has run the Richmond Henty Hotel-Motel for decades, underwent colon resection with primary bowel anastomosis surgery performed by PDH’s resident specialist surgeon Mr Thair Abbas.

The diagnosis and surgery has cleared a problem that had been growing for years.

“It’s a problem I’ve had for a while but it was never diagnosed even though I had been to a few different doctors over the years,” Mr McIntyre said.

“It had been progressively getting worse so to have it treated is a great relief.”

When he suffered an extremely bad bout of stomach pains in May, Mr McIntyre was driven to the PDH Emergency Department by his wife Ann.

“They diagnosed it straight away and admitted me to hospital,” he said. 

A few days later, the problem became an emergency when Mr McIntyre’s bowel became perforated.

He was rushed into surgery and after a five-hour operation began the road to recovery, which included two weeks in hospital.

“Mr Abbas was sensational,” Mr McIntyre said. “He and the theatre staff instilled a sense of trust and confidence and all the staff were fantastic.”

Mr McIntyre is pleased with his subsequent recovery. “They were all very happy with the way the surgery went and I have been recovering better than everyone expected,” he said.

“I couldn’t recommend PDH any higher. Everyone went above the call of duty and did a bloody good job.”


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