"My father's last days in Wythenshawe hospital"

About: Wythenshawe Hospital

My father passed away in Wythenshawe Hospital at the age 91, being admitted with pneumonia - he was there for 2 weeks in October 2013. I have had a long time to reflect upon our stay there - I stayed most of the time with him as much as I could. My objective, well considered view, is that my father was treated without compassion and that the majority , ( with two exceptions ) of nurses on that Ward had personalities and attitudes unsuited to the care of a dying person and his attendant son. (me). Also, upon reflection, I consider the Consultant who dealt with us was unprofessional in that she discussed my father's prognosis by his bedside within earshot of him , and although he was ill he could still hear well. Only one doctor, the Registrar, exhibited any modicum of compassion , of the sort that I would have expected to be the norm in a supposedly caring environment.. Overall, I wish my father had never gone to Wythenshawe Hospital and that he could have died peacefully at home in his last days, with compassion, by someone who cared. If this is an example of Geriatric Medicine it is a poor outlook for an ageing population.

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Response from Wythenshawe Hospital

Thank you for taking the time to post your comments on the NHS Choices website. We would like to offer our apologies that you had cause to be dissatisfied with the care and treatment your father received during his last days. In order to investigate your concerns fully we would encourage you to either contact the Patient Experience Team on 0161 291 5600 or via email at pls@uhsm.nhs.uk . Kind regards The Patient Experience Team UHSM

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