Monday, January 21 2013, 3:35PM
“what you have to take into consideration is that there are so few nurses and doctors, but so many patients!What you're describing isn't neglect, it's the effects of the cuts that have been made to the NHS, which is expected to function at 100% all the time by everyone, despite barely having half the staff it needs to cope.The only way to get the NHS better, is to protect it from the governments who literally play with it like a football. They kick it as hard as they can, and try to score points with it.What you're experienceing isn't personal, nobody is intending for it to happen, it's just that there are literally thousands of other people all clamoring for the constant attention of a few hundred incredibly stressed out staff members at the same time, all the time.I'm afraid there's no advice anyone can give you. That's just the way it is until the NHS finally does break down, and healthcare becomes unaffordable for the vast majority of us, whose life expectancies will drop considerably because we will have to make decisions on wether to have surgery and spend the rest of your life in debt, or to just stomach your illness until it kills you.not very reassuring i know, but it's the truth. unless we can fix the NHS by getting it the funding it needs and deserves.”
Monday, January 21 2013, 10:57PM
“they shuld chuck out all the schitzo potheds that are cloging up the ward beds and atacking the staff.”
Saturday, February 02 2013, 2:33PM
“Beryl, I hope your Mum is better now and that you managed to gain some say in her care.Just over a year ago, my Dad broke his ankle. it was a complicated break and Derriford said he'd be an inpatient for 3 months. He could only lay in bed, his ankle in a large metal frame. He had to stay on his back. I too had heard stories about neglect, and also disbelieved, but on the 3rd day of visiting, his meals were placed on his table but he wasn't moved higher in his bed, so sitting up, and neither was the table pulled any closer to him. He had wet himself due to no nurse responding when he pressed the red call button, also other men in the ward had this experience. I repeatedly talked to the nursing staff who assured me they would look after Dad better, however nothing changed and Dad only ate when I was there to feed him.After 5 weeks and as a result of not being moved in the bed often enough, he developed hospital contracted pneumonia and deteriorated quickly, within three days they'd taken him to intensive care and he died two days later. My Dad was an active 67yr old, who'd broken his ankle. He should never have died.On the 7th floor, PALS have an office, they're the patient liason service and will advise you if you're concerned about care. I found they listened to me, and reassured me with words, but nothing practical happened, maybe it will be different for you. I wish you and your Mum all the best, and hope things work out.”
Saturday, February 02 2013, 7:52PM
“it is really disgusting, my nan is in hospital, she has a bandage on her leg because of ulcers which was due to be changed the day she went inot hospital, she was sick on it and for two days they still havent changed it, we dont know how to report this because no one seems to care, they complain that she isnt eating but when all they have to offer is toast for tea then who can blame her, she has mild dementia and although she was fine at home, had gone shopping and was fine, since she has been in there she seems to be getting more confused and more distressed for the lack of care recieved and they just think she's really confused, funny how she only gets that bad when she gets taken into hospital, last time when she was in hospital she could hardly walk because she fell over and hurt her back, she said she needed the toilet, the inconsiderate help there decided to leave her to wet herself and didnt bother to clean her for at least half an hour when my mum had complained a number of times about it. over all i think it is sick how these people are getting paid... for what? neglecting and making people worse off not better, if things dont improve then we dont know what higher up person is going to actually care enough to help and make things better for people who are ill and old and need to be taken care of, think about those people, like my nan who dont have family to give them a voice.”
Sunday, February 03 2013, 1:18PM
“Kitcat, I had to make sure my Dad ate when I visited, buying him food from Warrens downstairs or something I'd prepared at home and took in. I would take him those pots of fruit in jelly to make sure he had some vitamins. You can ask the ward nurses about you Nans' dressing, and other concerns too. Sometimes they're very good and will try to help. PALS is the best bet though, on the 7th floor, they will liase with you and ward staff to address your concerns.My experience showed me that the best care for my Dad was the care I gave him myself whilst visiting, I changed his pyjamas, washed him, combed his hair, fed him if needed,complained if the bedding was soiled which it often was, fetched the commode for him or helped him to the loo on good days. You shouldn't have to 'do it yourself' but that's all you have when care is neglected. Good luck x”
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