"My father's last days in Wythenshawe hospital"
About: Wythenshawe Hospital Wythenshawe Hospital Manchester M23 9LT
Posted by Tom2125
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.