"Treatment of Mum"
About: The Great Western Hospital The Great Western Hospital Swindon SN3 6BB
Posted by SAL
Mum had a major stroke but she was still able to decide what she wanted. a Consultant treated a pain she had in her side and in her back which they believed was acid reflux she lost two stone in weight during her stay and was in pain, I questioned the pain several times informing the doctor that she had been suffering from this pain before she had the stroke. She was given Oramorph and gaviscon which did not relieve the pain. We have been through the complaints procedure which took months and two Consutant's believed that mum did not have a medical reason for a scan. A few weeks later she died from a large Pancreatic tumour. We realise mum could not have been saved but her last few months would have been made more comfortable. What constitutes a medical reason for a scan. No one consulted the family concerning mums history of this pain even though my dad was visiting her every visiting hour 7 days a week. She went downhill very fast. The Consultant never spoke to us about her treatment even though she was in his care for two months and only made one comment when my dad questioned the fact that they wanted to put her on anti-depressants. As a layman I would have thought if your treating someone and cannot alleviate the pain you give them a scan. My daughter who lives in another area had pains in her side and she got a scan within two weeks at another hospital. Mum was diagnosed when she turned yellow. Paramedics were called and she was taken into hospital she then had to endure a 41/2 hour wait in A&E before she was seen by a doctor. Half an hour later my mum was put on a drip and given injections. My Dad went home at 9.30 and mum was still in A&E at 9.30 6 hours after she had arrived. During this period she was offered no fluid. The next morning dad found my mum had been moved to the Woodpecker Ward