"care of patients "
Posted by Todd (as ),
I cannot fault the A and E staff who were all caring, informative of what treatment was occurring and why.
I was transferred up to Ward 6c - the admissions ward. This story is not about the care or treatment I received but about the care and treatment I witnessed being given to elderly patients in the same ward.
I witnessed an elderly client requesting a commode - who waited 20 minutes before one was supplied.
I witnessed an elderly patient, having been admitted to the ward shortly after myself and not being offered the toilet until 6 hours later when she attempted to make her needs known, it seemed to me she had some dysphasia and memory problems.
This same client was supplied with a three course meal at tea time - she managed to indicate that she could not manage the soup out of the cup and this was transferred to a beaker - which she still could not manage. After 15 minutes staff noticed and told her someone would be along to help after all the meals had been put out. After another 15 minutes a carer arrived and asked her a closed question - 'have you finished? Don't you want this? ' I intervened and advised she couldn't manage it. She was then fed what must have been lukewarm soup, and then her main meal. A straw was placed into her cup of tea and she was left to manage it alone - which she didn't, and it would have been stone cold by then.
With regard to my own care on the ward, I was, more or less, left to my own devices - getting to toilet on my own, and having been moved at 10. 45pm to Ward 6a with no explanation why, and being left all night with no water - despite requesting this and the nurse forgetting to come back with it
Being in the Social Work profession I found these incidents quite distressing.