"My Mother's treatment"
About: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital Norwich NR4 7UY
My poor mother has been trapped in the Docking ward of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital for nearly three months now. i appreciate that she has complex health needs but I have to say that the care and the attitude by the staff toward her is despicable to say the very least. She has been roughly handled and when needing the toilet has on many occasions been ignored for hours. On top of all this her dignity has been compromised. If all this wasn't bad enough, she has been misinformed. On at least three occasions she has been told that she was able to return home for a short recuprative period - say a weekend - by one doctor, but then nurses on the succeeding shifts have said that they have not been apprised of any such information. This has infinitely exacrerbated my beloved mother's already distressed state. Even as I write this, only this morning I spoke to my very tearful mother and learned that her so called specialist said that she could come home for the weekend before he even looked at her records.He confessed that the incorrect dosge of appropriate medication had been prescribed thus sytmying any hopes that she would be able to come home even for the briefest of periods to the love and care of her family. The staff on the ward are constantly trying to turn the blame around on my mother accusing her of being abusive. I have come to the conclusion that they simply haven't a clue sometimes. They even don't answer the phone at the wards' reception desk even though there are - and I have counted - at least six staff members there. The telephone just continues to ring leaving a worried relative at the other end most likely in turmoil! I have even overheard them joking about the plight of a patient. The situation is now making my father and myself ill; he being prescribed antidepressants on top of medication on top of his heart condition, and my own mental health is giving way.