"Many thanks to Ward F8"

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My father recently collapsed with a massive brain haemorrhage and was admitted to Ward F8 at the General. He already suffered from terminal cancer, and the doctor showed us his CT scan and explained to us that half his brain was involved and he was unlikely to recover, although sometimes people did improve. In view of his condition and cancer, and with full discussion with the staff, we decided he should go on a care pathway to ease his passing. This was made easier by the fact that he had already discussed this with his GP and completed the relevant paperwork making his wishes known. During the following week, the staff couldn't have been more professional and caring. They ensured my father was kept clean, shaved and comfortable and his bed linen was changed numerous times during the day. My family and I cannot praise the care he received enough and he died pain free and with dignity, which is all we can hope for.

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Response from Southampton General Hospital

Thank you so much for finding the time to tell us of your experience at this difficult time for your family. I am so sorry that your father did not recover from his haemorrhage. It is wonderful to read that he was able to benefit from the support of his GP to ensure that his wishes were made clear. Your comments have been passed on to the medical and nursing team on ward F8 regarding the care they were able to provide during your father's last days. Please accept condolences on behalf of the Trust.

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