Thursday, 24 October 2013
Tameside Hospital; an eye witness account.
I spent 6 days in Tameside hospital following a heart attack on the 15th October.
The most disturbing aspect of my stay occurred at night time, when you can hear the elderly and chronically sick crying out for help. It eventually arrives. Sometimes not in time though. Sheet changes are then the order of the day. The only way to guarantee that these patients get help is for another patient to get out of bed and find a nurse. As I did.
If you take your own medication into hospital for an already existing complaint don't expect to have it given to you at the right time or amount. Mine was not.
Mostly you can expect good service from the ambulance drivers, doctors and real nurses, particularly during the day. But during the night expect cries for help and alarms on the machines being ignored. During the night when senior medical and other staff are off duty. A supervisory problem I think.
Finally, expect to wait hours to be discharged as you wait for the pharmacy to issue your medication, some of which you brought in yourself.
That just about sums up my observations. It CANNOT be right that the elderly and infirm are abandoned at night to pitifully cry out for help which is slow in coming. This is happening NOW as I write this blog. Is it any wonder that the death rate is still high when no one responds promptly to the helpless elderly?
Special report by tonydj.