Mr Nicholas Brooke
29th October 2018
I was operated on by Mr Brooke in June 2013 to remove a thoracic disc. Prior to surgery he did not even examine me, relied on an MRI from the previous year. During surgery a csf leak occurred . He made 3 attempts to mend the leak with a blood patch when these failed he totally lost interest in me. I was in a totally abulic state, incontinent, anorexic and immobile. he was never available, always on holiday or seeing his private patients. Only when my husband complained to the patient advisory and Liaison service did he appear. He allowed me to remain in hospital for 8 months then I was discharged home in the same abulic state. I lost 3 stone in weight, I lost my job and my husband had to give up his job to give me 24 hour care. He reluctantly readmitted me to Southampton General 14 months after the original surgery and performed surgery to seal the leak. This was ultimately successful. He is arrogant and uncaring and has had many complaints against him. I would never ever trust him again to do surgery on my spine. For the record I am no better than I was before the surgery in June 2013.