"Not good"

About: West Park Hospital

Nursing staff are insensitive, they have poor insight in how to care for the mentally ill. They are bullies and self-centred. Patients are picked on and have the micky taken out of them by nursing staff. An absolute shambles and one of the worse care providers. This hospital and it's staff are total incompetent and need training in safe guarding issues. Cedar and maple wards Darlington.

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Response from West Park Hospital

TEWV are committed to providing quality services to our service users and carers and are therefore greatly concerned to read your comments. We would like to assure you that any concerns are taken seriously and we would like the opportunity to respond to you personally. We encourage you to contact the PALS freephone 0800 052 0219 or by email tewv.pals@nhs.net where the staff will be able to provide advice on how your concerns can be taken forward and responded to. In view of the negative comments raised about nursing staff, we felt it was important to review other people’s experience of care on Cedar and Maple wards, through the surveys that we undertake on all our wards using hand held electronic tablets. All responses are anonymous and in relation to their contact with staff we ask patients the following questions. Were you made to feel welcome by staff; were staff friendly and approachable; did you feel listened to; did you feel valued; did you feel respected; did you feel involved and informed about care and treatment? The patients satisfaction responses to all of these questions between August 2013 and January 2014 scored between 80% - 100% with many scoring 100%. There were some very additional positive comments added to the surveys on both wards. Whilst the posting gave a very negative experience of being on the ward we hope that by publishing these results we give some reassurance to other people in relation to nursing care on the two wards mentioned.

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