"I was admitted to colchester general ..."
About: Colchester General Hospital Colchester General Hospital Colchester CO4 5JL
Posted by Ruth Murray (as ),
What I liked
I was admitted to colchester general after my GP sent me to EAU, I was suffering black outs and muscle spasms. I informed the nurse who treated me that I was allergic to plasters, she put a red wrist band on to show this but then procedeed to but a plaster on my arm to hold the canular in place. During the night I blacked out and unfortunatly lost bladder control, the nurses who came where patronising and asked if I had had a 'little accident' I explained about the black outs and not knowing what had happened but they did no checks on me just put me in clean clothes without offering me a wash or even a tissue. The following night I was in a lot of pain and buzzed a nurse for pain killers, she said she would get some and left, half an hour later she had still not returned so I buzzed again only for the same nurse to come in and depand what it was that I wanted this time. It wasn't for another hour that I finally got my painkillers. Unfortunatly I was diagnosed with a life long neurolgical movement disorder. Next time I need to go to hospital I will be choosing NOT to go to Colchester General.
What could be improved
The staff need to talk to each other. Patients need to be offered basic heygiene, I was in for 3 days unable to walk and I was not offered any assistance washing/brushing my teeth etc if it wasn't for my family visiting and helpping me I would have been covered in my own urine for 3 days. Staff could be more friendly, smile once in a while.