"Treatment of dementia patients "
About: Northern General Hospital Northern General Hospital Sheffield S5 7AU
Posted by discopig (as ),
Last April I had a new hip at the Northern General hospital Sheffield. I was really shocked to see that patients with dementia were being left virtually unsupervised on the ward and some were able to walk around getting up to all sorts of mischief. I also did not like the way in which food was being placed in front of patients and no help was given to them to feed then someone would remove the food before they could eat it. I was also concerned about the lack of engagement between staff and relatives of dementia patients, relatives often arriving thinking that their loved ones had been fed ect but no one to tell them what had been happening.
I was so alarmed about some of what I had seen and experienced personally as a patient myself that I did write my concerns to my surgeon who then thought that he should pass it on to the Matron of Huntsman seven.
Since I was on the ward, I know of two other professional women, both of which work in Health and Social care themselves who have more recently been on that same ward and they have also raised very similar concerns regarding dementia patients. We have all shared each others complaints and are anxious that some action is taken to sort this out and for the Trust to stop leaving very vulnerable people on a ward without being properly supervised. I also had other concerns about cleanliness but had since heard that measures have been put in place to improve this.
In addition to this I also want to say how brilliant my surgeons have been with me over the years. I cannot think them enough for mending me.
Mr Kerry, Mr Blundell and Mr Davies were very good