"Response to an elderly confused patient"
About: Hillingdon Hospital Hillingdon Hospital Uxbridge UB8 3NN
I visited Hillingdon Hospital A&E with a long-standing friend aged 86 years who had had a fall, suffering bruises and abrasions but no breaks. She has a strong dislike of hospitals and was determined not to stay overnight, despite everyone urging her to do so as she obviously could not walk and had no support at home, as she lives alone. The staf were unbelievably patient, treated her with compassion and dignity despite her lack of co-operation, and eventually persuaded her to stay. - a superhuman effort on their part! I wrote to the Chief Executive praising the staff, particularly the locum consultant registrar. I do not doubt that my friend was equally unco-operative on the ward. She returned home the following morning, to support from carers. However, sadly, she fell again three days later and is now an inpatient in Hillingdon Hospital, where I have visited her daily. Again I have witnessed much kindness from staff in dealing with her. No one wants to be in hospital, but I feel she has received exemplary care.