"Letting patients down"
About: Medway Maritime Hospital Medway Maritime Hospital Gillingham ME7 5NY
I have just escaped Medway hospital after a week spent mainly in McCullough ward. The previous ward i was in was busy and crowded but the staff were kind, which is the main thing you need when you are ill and in pain. McCullough was dreadful.My overall impression is of a chaotic place with no leadership in evidence. My medical treatment was good,nursing care disheartening. I came home filthy and smelly, only once was I helped with a bed bath, every other day I was given a washing up bowl of water and left to manage as best I could. On no occasion did I see any nurse or similar help any patient who asked for help be attended to at once. It was always someone else's job or they were too busy. Nurses acted as if it was beneath their dignity to help patients toileting. Trust me, no one would chose to pee in a bed pan if they had an alternative. My bay was full of bed blocking old ladies, but that's hardly their fault, in a boiling hot grubby ward their chances of recovery are slim. The old were more of a nuisance to the nurses as they can't move so well and often need the loo more often, clearly to wind up the administering angels. As I saw the old lady opposite me totter unaided on her zimmerframe to the loo, nightie tucked into her knickers, having given up calling for assistance, I really wondered what is so deeply wrong here that this image is seen by staff as acceptable. Presumably because the hospital has unsurprisingly been named as one of the worst in the UK their were loads of agency staff in which added to the chaos as they seemed to change daily . Only after an old lady suffered an epileptic fit, having been left sweltering in a wheelchair for hours and not given her medication, did a central casting Florence Nightingale type head nurse appear. No staff, doctors, nurses etc appeared to have any empathy for the ill. I firmly believe all staff training should include being immobilised, how about a leg cast, and stuck in a bed unable to move and dependent on others for food, cleaning, loo. Maybe that would engender some empathy. The sick are not in hospital on a mission to annoy the staff. I would really hope this feedback would have some benefit. Whoever is leading, you are not leading from the front and there is no other place to lead from. As for me, please God I don't fall into the clutches of the NHS again, but if I do I will be going to Pembury even if I have to hitch...