About: Heartlands Hospital Heartlands Hospital Birmingham B9 5SS
Posted by Jane Lean
Whilst visiting my brother in Ward 10 on Thursday 11 July, I was distressed to listen to the dying gentleman within inches from me in the bed next to my brother. Not only could I vivdly hear him in distress but I could hear a constant running commentary from those around him of how close he was to death and giving a graphic description of how his body was closing down. At least I would have expected in the final moments of this persons life that common descency and respect for the patient, family, patients and visitors in the ward would have been shown. Would it not be possible to move the patient and his relatives to an area of privacy? I understand the gentleman died the following day in the ward with patients and visitors witness to the event. I find this experience totally unacceptable and wish to record this experience to the hospital board and ask that consideration be given to allocate dying patients and relatives to an area of privacy.