"Awful experience made worse"
About: Medway Maritime Hospital Medway Maritime Hospital Gillingham ME7 5NY
Posted by Greg
A recent visit to A&E at medway has to be one of the worst experiences of my life. Sadly my recently pregnant partner started bleeding at home. By the early hours of Monday morning, the pain forced us to visit the hospital. From start to finish was disgraceful. The receptionist left us stood there for ten minutes while she chatted away before telling us we were about 10 inches to the left of the yellow line and should move if we wanted to be called. My partner was in extreme pain yet she insisted we stand there to be called and once been assessed, called us back just to confirm the name and address. The rather cold nurse had a poor grasp of English, and after finally managing to explain my partner needed some sanitary towels, she was given what I would describe as an adult nappy and were told that's all they had as it was a Sunday. We were then left in the waiting room with my partner crying, bleeding heavily, and in agony for over 2 hours while she effectively miscarried. Fortunately she was spotted by what seemed to be the only caring nurse there, who thought my partner had a bad back until we explained what was happening, and she quickly got us into a cubicle. The next nurse who carried out the exam spent 20 minutes running round graphically trying to explain to other poorly trained nurses which 'tools' she needed to remove the 'products'. I understand that they have to be clinical but to have no compassion, sympathy or treat patients with any dignity I find hard to accept. We asked for a bag for my partners blood soaked clothes and some wet wipes to at least clean her up, neither of which arrived. Machines didn't work, equipment wasn't there, communication was poor and the treatment was appalling, unsympathetic and undignified. I hope I never have to use this facility again. Needless to say it came as no surprise that it has been earmarked for extra scrutiny for the chronic failure to provide acceptable levels of care. Should the female consultant who helped us recognise this story, please accept my thanks for a small glimmer of light on an otherwise very dark experience. You were truly lovely.