When I had my Hickman line flushed on Wednesday I became aware that the tunnel line was a bit inflamed with a small patch of redness around the insertion site. I watched it carefully and by 10 in the evening the red patch was rather larger. I went into the hospital and they swabbed the area and started me on flucloxacillin.
By Thursday morning the red area was three times as large and the entry site was oozing pus. I phoned my oncologist and we decided it was time to take the line out. I phoned the radiologist who inserted it and he kindly agreed to remove it at 4 pm yesterday. It took some getting out as the inflammation had welded it in, but it eventually came out and this morning it is much less painful and inflamed.
All done on the NHS and didn't cost me a penny!