"Inconsistencies between Redwood and Rowan"
About: Highbury Hospital
Posted by Involvement Nottingham (as ),
I stayed at Highbury for just over six months on Redwood 1 but I’ve been on both Redwood and Rowan. I found it frustrating in the way the wards work differently. Because when I went on Redwood I found that there were things that I was missing from Rowan Ward. On Rowan Ward they had protected time, so nurses come out of their office for an hour to catch up with patients. I found that hour on Rowan, from my point of view when something has happened and it’s in your notes, its’ not the same as a conversations where you can expand and explain what happened. So it felt like the nurses would understand better and not just get it from the notes.
Also, a frustration was that there were aspects of things I wanted to know which would have been available to me if I had access to the internet. I started listening to Nottingham Forest playing on the radio, so I had an interest but I wasn’t able to keep up with forums and what was going on with the club.. So I lost connection with the outside world.
Each person that has an interest that they can’t keep up because they don’t have contact with the outside world.
The OTs were really valuable to me. Singing lessons and just getting off the ward gave you that little bit of normality. The cooking group all met up with the card group, it was the one chance you could mix with women. An OT treats you totally different to a nurse, the OTs let me evolve, nurses would say something like ‘in six weeks I want you to do this’. On the ward it can feel like nurses are ‘managing people’. the HCAs are brilliant, the nurses are crap. OTs are important.
The excitement of not having breakfast but know that you were going to make your own, knowing I will be cooking it
It’s the highlight of your day, my cooking got better